The Resource The way things go : (der lauf der dinge)
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- In Peter Fischli & David Weiss (Der Lauf der Dinge), there is time to see exactly what happens. It is an extremly amusing, naturalistic film about cause and effect. One understands that the small crable would never have tipped if the fire had not burned long enough to make the liquid in the cradle evaporate sufficiently, and the fire would not have lit if the rolling ball had not struck the match against the striking surface, and the ball would never have rolled had not It is a terrifically exciting film. What if the ball roles askew! If the balloon bursts too soon! What happens then? It must have taken hours, days of preparation to make everything work properly. In one take! At least I experience it as one single take; I cannot imagine that the artists have manipulated it - it would ruin the point. Der Lauf der Dinge is also inverse comedy. Downright slapstick. In films with Stanley Laurel & Oliver Hardy a great deal of the fun comes from the fact that everything is so predictable. If they paint a boat together, it is only to be expected that Hardy will step in a bucket full of paint sooner or later and be hit on the head by the boom. And quite rightly, this is what happens, and you get to see it. You dont with Fischli & Weiss. But is it possible to imagine how many times things have gone wrong. In the last but one instant. How much annoyance Fischli & Weiss must have cried out at some physical or chemical margin of error. The fire goes out, or the ball roles back and is destroyed by the fire. All these possibilities make up an invisible film which is parallel to the film we see.... ... .
- Everything happens only when it can happen. There are no choices, no psychology, and strictly speaking no beginning or end. The film describes a movement that claims to be eternal. In films with subdued or non- existent plot, the atmosphere is usually significant. The form acquires as great a weight as the content. What is important is how and when things are said, how the director has chosen to light the set, cut the scenes and the location of the filming etc. But is there even an atmosphere in Fischli & Weisss film? Doesnt it really describe a dead world in totally ludicrously uncompromising terms. A closed system. A system that is completely unchangeable as long as no one stops in. It is impossible to influence the uncanny consistency of the way of things, which seems to suggest a basic condition, an order of nature which only chaos can disturb. What is good about ±Der Lauf der Dinge» is the fact that it actually become a film, that the event did not stop being an event. As the critical and bare skeleton of so many films, it is that chaos which the nature of culture only does well to be disturbed by
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- Directors, Peter Fischli and David Weiss ; Cameraman, Pio Corradi
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- Originally produced by T&C Edition in 1987
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