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Amos Gitai
Topic by: underdog
Posted: March 25, 2003 - 10:01 AM PST
Last Reply: January 6, 2005 - 11:40 PM PST

author topic: Amos Gitai
underdog
post #1  on March 25, 2003 - 10:01 AM PST  
Hey,
Does anyone here know something about Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai? He has a new DVD collection that just came out which inclides Esther, Berlin Jerusalem, Birth of a Golem (with Annie Lennox!), and a couple more....

Any thoughts on him? We're trying to figure out whether it's worth the expense in purchasing this collection, i.e., would people be excited about it?

I know him from the controversial, memorable film Kadosh, but not as much his other works...

Thanks.
dpowers
post #2  on March 25, 2003 - 4:49 PM PST  
i'd be really excited about people getting to amos gitai's movies, especially now during the second intifada. he's probably the best israeli filmmaker ever and definitely one of the best filmmakers working in the middle east today, which says a lot.

his films, drama or documentary, always have an experimental edge to them in how they handle time. continuity becomes unclear, to really interesting results.

what are the rest of the films in the collection?

the good ones i know about are...

field diary (1982)
pineapple (1983)
berlin-jerusalem (1989)
in the valley of the wupper (1993)
war memories (1997)
kadosh
kippur (2000)

and he contributed what i heard was a really good section to 11'09"01 - september 11.
underdog
post #3  on March 25, 2003 - 5:26 PM PST  
> On March 25, 2003 - 4:49 PM PST dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> i'd be really excited about people getting to amos gitai's movies, especially now during the second intifada. he's probably the best israeli filmmaker ever and definitely one of the best filmmakers working in the middle east today, which says a lot.
>
> his films, drama or documentary, always have an experimental edge to them in how they handle time. continuity becomes unclear, to really interesting results.
>
> what are the rest of the films in the collection?
>
The two I didn't mention are Golem: Spirit of Exile, and Golem: Petrified Garden.
>
> and he contributed what i heard was a really good section to 11'09"01 - september 11.
> ---------------------------------

Yes! Very cool. We're going to try to snag a copy of this when it comes out on DVD.

Thanks!!
dpowers
post #4  on March 25, 2003 - 5:40 PM PST  
hey if you pick up that box set could you post a link to the listings in this thread when it's listed. i want to see all five of those.

actually i want to add about gitai that he loves artistic painting and pulls much inspiration from the form for his movies. they are always very pretty to look at and very very smart.
dwhudson
post #5  on March 27, 2003 - 7:47 AM PST  
Since this topic was started, I remembered doing a news item on Amos Gitai some time back and was thinking about doing another - just to be able to link here [g] - but there's nothing really newsy at the moment. Nonetheless, I thought I'd swing by and drop links to a few things I did find while just Googling around.

First, there's the official site with lots of info on the individual films. And something similar at the Kippur was evidently generating more press coverage for him than any film before or sense. For example: an interview in indieWIRE and a review by Fred Camper. One item of particular interest to me was this 1994 piece on Gitai's Neo-Fascist Trilogy, though it's mostly about the first film. Still, an interesting project in the early 90s: examining the rise of right-wing extremism in Germany, Italy and France right after the fall of the Wall, the dawn of the "new world order" and all that.
ggsuperhero
post #6  on March 27, 2003 - 10:47 AM PST  
okie dokie .. you can now add them to your queue. he has 5 titles coming out on DVD soon:

Esther, Berlin Jerusalem, Birht of a Golem, Golem The Spirit of Exile, Golem: The Petrified Garden.

Available here.

No pictures though .. I tried looking elsewhere but couldnt find any, so if you see one let me know.
dpowers
post #7  on March 27, 2003 - 12:34 PM PST  
ex-cel-lent!

also later this year they're releasing another box set of his political docs, including field diary which got him in trouble at home in the first place.

should have figured he was from haifa...
bigbadraiderfan
post #8  on January 6, 2005 - 11:40 PM PST  
His films actually are quite thought provoking and force you to take a deeper look at Israel and the Middle East. It doesn't matter what side you're on in the issue ... he just forces you to think and that's why I like his films.

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