Ella Bergmann-Michel

F., M.: Ella Bergmann-Michel. Int.: Robert Michel. Prod.: Ella Bergmann-Michel. 16mm. L.: 93 m. D.: 11‘ a 16 f/s. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

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).

Madeleine Bernstorff


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.

Ella Bergmann-Michel


Copy From

Courtesy of Sünke Michel.
The film was shot on 35mm but only a 16mm print survived.