Harakiri

Multimedia Event

Silent movie of

Fritz Lang, 1919

(pb, 35mm, 77 min)

Live electronics :

Wilson Sukorski

Created and premiered for the 1st. Brazilian Journey of the Silent Movies, Cinemateca Brasileira, 2007.

The Film

Harakiri

In the beginning of the XX century in Japan, O-Take-San, an young lady, falls in love for an officer of American's Navy. This relationship is full of social and religious constraints, that at the end will stop their happiness.

Saw as a minor film of the german film maker Fritz Lang, now completelly reavaliated, Harakiri is inspired in the theater play "Madame Butterfly" of John Luther Llong e David Belasco, it is the triumph of the art direction, that plays a central role in this japanese fable. Since its rediscovery in 97, our idea of the future development of the career of the great Fritz Lang is now much different. This film show us Lang's "how to tell an history" talent - as how he controls the narrative flux and the appearence (as usual in late works) of the uncommon.

In this film we can found a visual conception more naturalistic, in opposition with his friends and contemporary moviemakers. The scenery never try to be more than the reality itself. This film is full in details of nature and recreation in Japan in thar time. Lang has the Berlin's Ethnographic Museum and his passion and knowledge of the eastern civilizations. The final results in very beautifull film that could be of great relevance in the career of the young Fritz Lang.

 

To up to date of all the manifestations and all invaluables contributions of the past - adpting and reinventing it's meaning and content - this is the main idea inside this Multimedia Performance, but more than this many other elements make the appreciation of the film Harakiri a kind of synaextesic experience. Crossing the perception of the velocities (the film run at 20 fps), the style of the cuts, the dramatic intensity, the refined scenography, and so on.

The sound system here are something similar to the surround one. Here we have quadraphonic system plus subwooffers. The music composed and performed live by Wilson Sukorski, sometimes make a kind of commentary with the image - bass sounds, romantic "love affairs" moments, some Eastern appeal, passing to orchestral intense parts, alike "Madama Butterfly" of Giacomo Puccini (1904).

The music and the sound design in the space, in this project, try to amplify the appreciation of the film in the "correct time", much different from actual culture where, the high velocities rules, the repetitive and banal are the goal, home of the global "clichet" against a more in depth vision they had in the beginning of the audio visual era - the film is from 1919 !! - where the flow of the discourse is much more irregular, full of visual noises and crude cuts...

and finally the live music - an electronic music performed with two laptops and radically different approachs : PD (pure data) and sample players. This relationship - the real sound and the transformed one, the performatic aspect and the subwooffer sounds to ruffle.

The Performance

 

Technical Rider :

 

Amplification in quadraphony

(4 speakers one at each corner of the theatre)

2 subwooffers

digital mixer with at least 16 channels

8 actives direct boxes

a very beautifull table (1,50 por 0.80 mt)

DVD with video projector (3200 ANSI lumens)

or 35mm cinema projector.

Equipment provide :

 

2 laptops Mac Pro Intel & Titanium G4

Pre mixer Alesis digital

Theremin

Tótem Bass

Midi Keyboard

DVD Harakiri or film in 35 mm