F., M.: Ella Bergmann-Michel. Int.: Robert Michel. Prod.: Ella Bergmann-Michel. 16mm. L.: 93 m. D.: 11‘ a 16 f/s. Bn.
This is the film that best represents the merging of Ella Bergmann-Michel’s artistic activity and her documentary work. There are also echoes of Joris Ivens’ film Regen: “Water landscapes as transparent surfaces, a vision of alienated nature, devoid of technical effects. The close-ups, details and overhead shots without a horizon create a feeling of flatness; the vegetation, reflected symmetrically on the water, is transformed into a graphic element, just like the vivid reflections of light on the waves […]. These spaces, lacking perspective, are reminiscent, on the one hand, of the experimental photographic landscapes of Ella Bergmann-Michel and, on the other, her collages made using layers of multi-coloured tracing paper” (Jutta Hercher).
The fourth film, Fischfand in der Rhon, interested me mostly because fishing had been the impetus for my walk: I managed to catch the trout jumping in the river at dusk with my camera.