Film & Video

... thou shall not covet Blue Beard's
last pieces

2003
4 min

... thou shall not covet Blue Beard's last pieces is inspired by the life and performances of Claire Waldoff, a German cabaret singer in the days of the Weimar Republic, whose lesbian lifestyle and outspoken political satire was to make her exceedingly unpopular with the rising Nazi regime.

Here, a 1929 recording of her performance "Der Schlips im Kohlenkasten" ("Tie in a Coal-Burning Stove") is used as sound poetry - Berliner working class dialect of that time being hard to decipher today even for a native German speaker. The hysterical monologue unravels for the viewer the emotion of a woman trapped in an unsatisfying and abusive relationship. Illustrated with animated motion studies of Model #8, photographed by Eadweard Muybridge in 1884-87, this work contemplates the plight of a woman faced with the consequences of a failed marriage, and the promise of her emancipation through a budding relationship with another woman.

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Credits

Camera, Editor and Animation
Marina Potok
Sound Design
Matt Roth
Special thanks
Wendy Tremayne

Festivals & Screenings

  • Senef 2004 - Seoul Net and Film Festival, S.Korea
  • Sweetest Taboo Film Festival, 2004, Leuven, Belgium
  • Howl East Village Film Festival/Anthology Film Archives New Filmmakers Series, New York NY, 2004
  • FLUXUS 2003 – 4th International Film Festival on the Internet, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Mix 2003: The 17h New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival, New York NY
  • Spinning Tongues, Vibe Bar Brick Lane, London, UK 11 Oct 2009