Emotional shaking and precision of a person’s emotions is the main task of art – he was once admitted on Latvijas radio in an interview with Latvian classic documentary filmmaker Hertz Franks. ethical issues.
On January 17, Herz Frank would have turned 95, but he had not been with us for eight years. In honor of the anniversary, the National Film Center has created a selection of nine excellent major films, which you can watch for free on the filmas.lv portal.
Hertz Franks is one of Latvia’s most famous documentaries in the world. His filmography includes more than 80 works, many of which are included in the golden fund of our cinema. The selection of films created by the National Film Center includes both digitized and restored classic films, as well as works created in the 21st century, where Herz Frank can be considered a director and screenwriter.
The selection begins with the 1961 short film “White Bells”, for which Hercz Frank is the screenwriter and is considered the beginning of Latvia’s famous poetic cinema. The film is included in the Latvian Culture Rule, but critics of world cinema have rated it among the 100 best short films of all time.
In the selection, it is also very interesting to get to know Frank’s first work, “Salty Bread”, which is dedicated to Latvian fishermen. But his so-called classic directorial works are presented in a selection of three films. The 1972 film “Life”, focusing on the famous collective farm president Edgars Kauliņš, the 1978 film “Over Ten Minutes”, which is Frank’s most famous film in the world, as well as his film “Supreme Court” 1987, the main character a murderer sentenced to death and the director’s efforts to understand the life and destiny of this person facing complex moral issues turn the film into a confession.
Hertz Frank has traveled more than once to various environments hidden from the eyes of others, and has always been interested, as he said, in three subjects – life, love and death. Surprisingly, the protagonists of the film have always trusted and revealed him, and, as Kristīne Matīsa, a representative of the National Cinema Center, points out, his works are characterized by a very strong emotional intensity:
“It was not interesting for him to watch life, he felt it was important to deal with extremely complex moral issues.
From this point of view, for example, it is sometimes difficult to watch the movie “Supreme Court”, where the director enters the cell of a person who is sentenced to death as much as possible. And it is clear that only one will leave alive. Throughout the feature film, he simply talks to the killer. And he’s not a bit “yellow” interested, but they both really discuss very important issues, and it eventually turns into a kind of confession to this killer, who in the end may slander a little, but he certainly also said from the heart that he has changed as a person. . , and only happened after negotiations with the documentary director. “
At the same time, when he was making films, Hertz Frank acted in a very structured and realistic way, not for nothing was it his first higher education as a lawyer. He did not belong to directors who spontaneously succumbed to events, he had previously researched and analyzed many things. Also, for example, during the shooting of the world-famous film “Over Ten Minutes”, in which the camera does not hide the view of a boy who attends a puppet show and whose face reflects everything he has experienced. Kristīne Matīsa said: “This symbol, which seems to me to be extremely accurate in Herz Frank’s description, that he had previously sat all over the repertoire with a timer at the Puppet Theater, measured all the performances by looking at which of them is the most emotional. intense ten minutes, in which it is worth turning on this camera. At the same time, he said that it is not interesting to know where the film will start and end, but there is such a fine line that you already know in advance what options it can bring you here, because you should not turn on this camera at all. “
The selection also includes two very important works taken in the 21st century. The latest film, The Border of Fear, which once again talks about very complex issues of moral and ethical nature, and Flashback, in which Hertz Frank turns the camera on himself and looks back all his life, from childhood in Lundza as well as heart surgery in Jerusalem, which also allows the viewer to follow.
Emotionally shocking and sharpening a person’s emotions – this was the main mission of art in the Latvijas radio conversation that was once recognized by Hertz Frank himself:
“Sharpen a person’s emotions, so that he does not forget in his daily life about this world of inner emotions, which is his main capital. Because – as long as he feels, he is alive.
Once we do not feel, we can not feel the misfortune of another, we are already partially dead. Once we show signs of indifference, we gradually lose the main characteristic of a person – to like.
We can get knowledge from science, we can only get emotions from art. “
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