Shocking and sharpening a person’s emotions is the most important task of art – it was once admitted on Latvian radio in an interview with the Latvian documentary classic, director Hertz Franks. He convincingly adopted this view in his films and often dealt with very complex ethical issues.
On January 17, Herz Frank would have turned 95, but she hasn’t been with us for eight years. To mark the anniversary, the National Film Center has created a selection of nine outstanding master films that can be viewed free of charge on the filmas.lv portal.
Hertz Franks is one of the most famous Latvian documentaries in the world. His film includes more than 80 works, many of which are part of our cinema’s gold fund. The film selection created by the National Film Center includes both digitized and restored classics as well as works created in the 21st century, in which Herz Frank can be seen as both a director and a screenwriter.
The selection begins with the short film “White Bells” made in 1961, written by Hercz Frank and considered to be the beginning of Latvia’s famous poetic film. The film is included in the canon of Latvian culture, but world film critics have ranked it among the top 100 short films of all time.
It will also be very interesting to see Frank’s first work, “Salty Bread,” dedicated to Latvian fishermen. But his so-called classic directorial works are represented by a selection of three films. The 1972 film focused on the famous collective farm chairman Edgars Kauliņš, the 1978 film “Over Ten Minutes”, the world’s most famous Frank film, as well as the 1987 film “Supreme Court”, the protagonist of which is a life-threatening murderer fate by addressing complex ethical issues make the film a recognition.
Hertz Frank has photographed more than once in different environments hidden from the eyes of others, and he has always been interested, as he himself has said, in three subjects – life, love and death. Surprisingly, the protagonists of the film have always trusted and exposed him, and as Kristīne Matīsa, a representative of the National Film Center, points out, his works are characterized by a very strong emotional tension:
“It wasn’t just interesting to follow life, he considered it important to address very complex ethical issues.
For example, in this regard, it is sometimes difficult to watch the film “Supreme Court,” in which the director goes as far as possible into the cell of a person sentenced to death. And it is quite clear that only one will leave alive. Throughout the film, he simply talks to the killer. And it’s not somehow “yellow” interested in it, but they both really discuss very important things, and eventually it turns into a kind of recognition for this killer who eventually maybe disgraced a little, but certainly said from the heart that he’s changed as a human being. , and it only happened after negotiations with the documentary filmmaker. “
At the same time, in making films, Hertz Frank acted in a well-structured and practical manner, not in vain as a lawyer in his first higher education. He was not one of the leaders who succumbed to events spontaneously, he had researched and analyzed many things in the past. Also, for example, when shooting the world-famous movie “Over Ten Minutes,” where the film camera does not obscure the view of the boy watching the puppet show and whose face reflects everything he has experienced. Kristīne Matīsa said: ” This symbol, which I think is very accurate to depict Herz Frank, was that she had previously sat in the Puppet Theater of the entire repertoire with a stopwatch, measuring all the performances by watching which of these performances is emotionally strongest ten minutes camera on. At the same time, he himself has said that it is not interesting for him to know where the film begins and ends, but there is such a subtle limit that you already know in advance what options life can bring here, why you should turn on this camera at all. “
The collection also includes two very important works taken in the 21st century. The latest film, The Border of Fear, which once again speaks of very complex ethical and moral issues, and Flashback, in which Herc Frank turns the camera on himself and goes back his whole life from Ludza’s childhood to Jerusalem’s heart surgery, which also lets the viewer follow.
To shake and sharpen a person’s emotions emotionally – this was the main task of art in a conversation with Latvijas Radio, which Hertz Frank himself acknowledged:
“Sharpen a person’s emotions so that he does not forget in his daily life this world of inner emotions, which is his capital. Because – as long as he feels, he is alive.
As soon as we don’t feel, we can’t feel another’s misfortune, we are already partially dead. As soon as we notice signs of indifference, we gradually lose the main characteristic of man — compassion.
We can get information about science, we can only get feelings about art. “
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