Peter von Bagh

[Un giorno sulla tomba di Karl Marx] Scen.: Peter von Bagh. F.: Tony Chapman. M.: Elina Katainen. Mus.: Tapani Tamminen. Prod.: Pekka Holopainen, Peter von Bagh per Yleisradio, Asiaohjelmat ja Nosferatu Oy . 16mm. D.: 31’. Col.

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

Von Bagh was great at two things that go very well together: concepts and improvisation – he enjoyed working inside a framework that would allow him to react spontaneously to whatever happened right there and then. In the case of Päivä Karl Marxin haudalla this meant: Let’s spend the 100th anniversary of the great thinker’s demise by his grave and see what happens; if nobody travels to London’s Highgate cemetery to pay homage on that very special day: telling enough; and if masses of people show up: that will be meaningful as well. The latter happened: on March 14th 1983, von Bagh was able to talk with people from some 20+ nations about the meaning of Marx’s ideas and ideals, whether they have a future, and how that might look. One wonders what they would say now, thirty-two years later…


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