The Basis of Make-Up II

Centerfold von Heft 66, 7. Mai bis 3. September 1988The Basis of Make-Up II
Photography and beyond - Part 4

Drawings and writings by Heinz Emigholz


"Basis film and master tape" for the feature films "The Holy Bunch (Der Zynische Körper)", "Second Nature" and "Black Harbour".

Featured are are sixty-nine of Heinz Emigholz's illustratred notebooks from 1983 to 1996, three sketch books from the 80s and 90s, and cinematic studies of his exhibition "Der Untergang der Bismarck" at the Zwinger Gallery, Berlin 1988, a castle moat in Riva, Italy 1997, a casting of Aguste Rodin's "The Gates of Hell" in front of the Kunsthaus in Zürich 1988, an olive grove near Norma in Italy 1995, a magnolia tree in Basle 1996, burnt meat at Cabo de Creus in the Pyrennees 1988, an i9ntersection in Owatonna, Minnesota 1995, and a house underpass in Giesshübelstrasse, Zurich 1996. In addition, there are 184 drawings from the series "Die Basis des Make-Up" as positives and negatives.

The writings and visual representations are the property and legacy of a person who appears in the film "The Holy Bunch" as an editor, in "Second Nature" as a fashion designer, and in "Black Harbour" as a charcoal burner.

"The films Filme The Basis of Make-Up (I) und (II) are the centre about which my feature films revolve. I imagine them as an intermezzo between the long films, the data base as an interlude. The paradoxical nature of film is taken to an extreme: giving something that is taken away immediately." Heinz Emigholz

Germany 1995-2000
35 mm, color, Dolby Stereo SR, 1 : 1,37, 48 minutes

Director, photography, editor: Heinz Emigholz
Thanks to Cinegrafik, Helmut Herbst
Sound Design: Heiner Büld
Sound Mix: Stephan Konken
Produced by Pym Films in cooperation with FilmFörderung Hamburg and the WDR, Wilfried Reichart

Premiere: Berlin Film Festival (Forum), February 9, 2001