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  •   22. Mai 2019  

Aktuelle Print-Ausgabe:
CARGO Film/Medien/Kultur 41
vom 22. März 2019

CARGO 41 Cover, CARGO 40 Cover,

Container vom 28. April 2010 von Ekkehard Knörer

Malcolm X
Mörder auf freiem Fuß.

Wie CNN heute meldet, ist Thomas Hagen, der Mörder (oder der einzige sich zu seiner Tat bekennende Mörder) von Malcom X nach 44 Jahren Haft entlassen worden. Dazu der Hinweis auf Ken Jacob's Found-Footage-Werk mit dem halbironischen Titel Perfect Film. Bei UbuWeb, wo man den Film sehen kann (die Einbettungsfunktion gibt es aber wohl nicht mehr), heißt es dazu:

The fortuitous find and instant conception of Perfect Film (1986), a found footage film of eyewitness accounts of the assassination of Malcolm X, is a perfect allegory for Jacobs' notion of "the movies that make up our minds, are our minds in large part". The footage was being sold for the reel on which it was spooled. Jacobs found it, and didn't touch it at all. The drama of shock reveals itself, first in the animated account of a journalist who happened to be in the auditorium, then in the grave and weary non-answers the police chief gives reporters. The story changes, the number of shots fired rises, and the lone newsman in the auditorium refines his story, growing with its power. There is a crowd around him, half of them listening intently, the other half trained on the camera. One man is smiling like an idiot. The film is historically potent, to be sure, but Jacobs perhaps recognised it for its darker suggestions, that in the instant of shock we forget and succumb to the storyteller. - Genevieve Yue (Senses of Cinema, 2004) 

Ken Jacobs: Perfect Film

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