2013 Billy Roisz, Dieter Kovačič
8min, stereo, col,
'vertical cinema' was commissioned by sonic acts/kontraste
original version is printed on 35mm vertical cinemanscope and can only be watched at special screenings - for this check out dates hier:
Billy Roisz and Dieter Kovačič explore the world of odd formats on the basis of one of their origins: western movies and the wide span of (male) heroism between life and death.
The music and imagery of "Bring Me The Head Of Henri Chrétien!" are consequentially based on western movies and their soundtracks. Especially spaghetti westerns like "Once Upon A Time In The West" and their distinct epic atmospheres were a great source of inspiration and artistic loot. On the audible side things stay mostly abstract, yet amplify and structure the story of challenge, conquest, success and failure in a fundamental way.
On the visual side Billy Roisz' disquisition about the colors of 1960s and 70s movies layers harmonically with Dieter Kovačič's mostly monochromatic researches about structural patterns in duels and carriage rides. The film is screened in vertical cinemascope and takes the format into account in several ways - eg. the opening shot (pun intended) which morphs from horizontal to vertical cinemascope, or the panning shot across a horizontally mirrored landscape that makes the vertical display window act as a scanner – amplifying details in a decelerated movement.
Finally and in spite of all formal and esthetic playfulness "Bring Me The Head Of Henri Chrétien!" is nevertheless a classical western movie. And the sequel might be a zombie movie with a similar title – who knows...