This tape opens with a few minutes of the end of Picasso in Concrete.
There’s a trailer for Screen 2.
Then. Moving Pictures, presented by Howard Schuman. This episode looks at the art of the storyboard.
There’s a report about African filmmaker Souleymane Cissé shooting his new film in the Sahara desert.
Finally, three European filmmakers talk about Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Claude Lanzmann, director of Shoah, disapproves of even attempting to represent the Holocaust. His film used only interviews with survivors and Nazis, and didn’t use any archive film of the time. He asserts that the Holocaust is ‘unrepresentable’.
Edit: I sadly learned that Claude Lanzmann died today (5th July). Less than a week after this entry was published. I’m so very sorry.
Roman Polanski escaped the Jewish Ghettoes of Krakow as a small child. He would have shot the film in colour, as his memories are in colour.
Jon Blair directed a 1983 documentary about Schindler, and advised Spielberg when he was preparing the film.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 13th February 1994 – 20:55
The next episode looks at Philadelphia, Hollywood’s first mainstream film about Aids. It talks to director Jonathan Demme.
Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.
There’s a report on ultra low budget filmmakers, including Vadim Jean, maker of Leon the Pig Farmer.
Ngozi Onwurah, director of Welcome to the Terrordome.
Charles Teton, director of Dark Summer.
Then there’s a report about a film about the civil war in Macedonia.
The programme ends with a look at Colin Aldiss, who runs the smallest cinema in the UK, in a converted garage.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 20th February 1994 – 22:35
Recording switches, and at first I thought it was a sports programme I’d accidentally recorded, because the BBC Sport ident played.
But I’m assuming this was the end of Olympic Grandstand. This is followed by a trailer for The Naked Gun, and a trailer for Bookmark: John Cheever and Family.
Then, Jon Blair’s documentary Schindler, which tells the story of Oskar Schindler, with testimony of many of the survivors, told in such a matter of fact manner, but describing such brutality.
Schindler’s wife was rather resigned to his womanising, and had him pegged completely.
Amon Goethe’s mistress, at the time of the interview dying of Emphysema, defended the commandant of the concentration camp. “He was not brutal. He didn’t hate Jews.”
One of the Jewish prisoners who worked as one of his maids tells a different story.
It’s a chilling story, one of the few from that time that has a remotely hopeful ending.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th February 1994 – 20:30
After this, there’s a trailer for Laurel Avenue.
Then, another episode of Moving Pictures. It starts with a look at how Raymond Carver’s short stories were adapted for the cinema for Robert Altman’s Short Cuts. Tim Robbins reads from the story that contained his character.
So does Frances McDormand
Frank Barhydt is the film’s co-writer.
The next segment looks at the MIFED film market, through the eyes of producer Jeremy Bolt, there to seell Paul WS Anderson’s film Shopping.
After this, there’s a segment on serial killers in the movies. There’s a short bit of Alfred Hitchcock talking about filming Frenzy.
A young Chris Jones, of Guerilla Filmmaker’s Handbook fame, talks about White Angel.
Along with his GFH co-writer and producer Genevieve Joliffe
Colin Wilson wrote the book on the subject
Peter Ransley wrote The Hawk in which Helen Mirren suspects her husband is a killer.
Ray Brady directed Boy Meets Girl which I’m not familiar with.
Brian Masters wrote Killing for Company, about Dennis Nilsen.
Leo Marks wrote Michael Powell’s classic Peeping Tom.
Closing the programme is a brief tribute to Derek Jarman, who died recently.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 27th February 1994 – 21:50
After this, there’s a trailer for Genghis Cohn.
Then, the start of Something Wild, and the tape ends after a few minutes of this.