Film Info: Walk Don't Walk

Walk Don't Walk

Walk Don't Walk

Walk Don't Walk is a documentary about the legs of Manhattan: sexy, fast and breaking taboos, with tropical sounds from the celebrated clarinettist, Don Byron, analyses by Diane Hanson, editor-in-chief of the fetish magazine Leg Show, and witty statements on their lower extremities.
The film was two years in the making. Thomas Struck was arrested for voyeurism. Sixty hours of footage were condensed to sixty minutes. The film was shot using a small, digital camera attached to a stick at foot height. A small, fold-out monitor enabled the film-maker to control his image, and the camera was switched on and off by remote control. New York's pedestrians reacted in many different ways: many of them didn't notice the camera, others played along with it, commenting on it with witty remarks or gestures, some women felt molested by it and Thomas Struck was taken into police custody three times, where he ultimately succeeded in convincing the police that Walk Don't Walk was not pornography, but a film about the rhythm of New York and the pursuit of happiness.


Thomas Struck was born in Hamburg in 1943. After studying psychology and film history, he began making experimental films as a member of the Hamburg group Gruener Hase in 1965. From 1966 onwards, Struck produced documentary films for NDR, ARD and HR, including: Damals in Hamburg - Die Beatles (1966) and a full length documentary about the Spencer Davis Group (1967). In 1968, he was a co-founder of the Hamburger Filmemacher Cooperative, which organized the Hamburger Filmschau. Later, he became a member of the Hamburger Filmbuero, a self-administrated funding office. In 1985, Struck directed the first European Low Budget Film Forum together with Claire Doutriaux and Dieter Kosslick, laying the foundations for the funding system of the European Film Distribution Organisation (efdo). In the 90s, Struck was also involved in multimedia events, including Blaubarts Orchester, (1993) and Einmal Casanova sein, (1997). In recent years, Struck has returned to longer documentary films, including Ein Weinjahr (1999) and his present project Walk Don\'t Walk (2000).
Category Documentary
Director Thomas Struck
Screenplay Thomas Struck
Cinematography Thomas Struck
Michèle Barin
Don Byron
Cast Don Byron, Dick Traum, Diane Hanson
Producer Peter Stockhaus
Production Company Peter Stockhaus Film/Hamburg, in co-production with ARTE, NDR/Hamburg
Length 60 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2000: documentary competition, Rotterdam 2001
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Peter Stockhaus Film/Hamburg

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