1. ODESSA CRASH TEST is an ironic comment on one of the most famous montage sequences in all of film history: the Odessa Steps sequence from "Battleship Potemkin" (Sergej Eisenstein, USSR, 1925). In this re-enactment the traumatic scene is cleared from everything but the perambulator which is travelling alone down the stairs. In Eisenstein´s propaganda movie the episode ends at the very moment when the pram starts to tilt over, the crash only happens in the imagination of the audience. In this short film the process is played out to its logical conclusion and one can see the overturn several times in extreme slow motion. The true-born baby that is featured in "Battleship Potemkin" is replaced by a realistic dummy. The experimental film was shot using different film- and videoformats (35mm, Super-8, HD-Video, etc.), the sound score is taken from the original music score for that scene. Eisenstein´s concept of montage is confronted with the aesthetics of scientific crash tests.

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