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The Revenge of the Dead Indians

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    Director Henning Lohner worked with John Cage during his later years, including collaborating with Cage on his only film, One11. During that time, Lohner filmed interviews and footage with Cage, and after Cage's death decided to assemble some of it into this unique "composed film" based on musical principles - a tribute to Cage, his thoughts, music and influence.

    The film also features 42 personalities - from the well known (actors, architects, artists, choreographers, composers, theoreticians, writers) to the unknown (like street cleaners and market vendors) - in conversation with each other. The result is an unexpected and fascinating combination of intellectual thought, viewpoints and opinions.

    "The Revenge of the Dead Indians" is neither documentary nor feature film. The thematic story development is a combination of "found" video and audio landscapes along with theatrically directed readings and interviews. Each scene of the film is complete in itself as its own narrative entity, yet simultaneously contributes to the linear progression of the story line.

    Lohner's goal was to honor the creative credo of composer John Cage, to whom the film is dedicated. Attention is paid to "forgotten" landscapes: places we overlook because they are the everyday and the ordinary.

    Concert performances incorporated in the film were recorded live during the "Musicircus" homage at Symphony Space in New York, November 1, 1992, and at the John Cage music festival at the "Akademie der Schönen Künste" in East Berlin, August 1, 1990.

    This sound and visual material was edited to more than 1200 cuts before the final film length of 130 minutes was reached. The shortest scene has the duration of exactly one frame, the longest scene has the duration of exactly 4 minutes, 33 seconds.
    Content Notes:
    The film incorporates a complete video performance of Cage's infamous silent piece 4'33", created in Berlin by Cage and Lohner.

    Henning Lohner and Van Carlson in Conversation: created especially for this DVD. The director and cinematographer speak about their collaboration on this film, along with a commentary track (approx. 20 minutes).
    Type: Documentary
    Year: 1993
    Total Time: 2:10:00
    Styles: Ambient, Classical, Electroacoustic, Experimental, Minimal, Musique Concrète, Soundtrack
    Formats: DVD
    Liscense: Copyright
    Cast:
    Alison Knowles
    Baramouh Parianen
    Ben Habdallah
    Benoît B. Mandelbrot
    Betty Freeman
    Claude Trouve
    Corinne Fortin
    Dennis Hopper
    Edward Lorenz
    Farid Chahboub
    Frank Gehry
    Frank Zappa
    Giorgio Strehler
    Heiner Müller
    Iannis Xenakis
    Jacqeline Dauber
    Jean Nouvel
    John Zorn
    Kelly Ellsworth
    M. Neraqueller
    Marvin Minsky
    Matt Groening
    Merce Cunningham
    Michael Berger
    Mohamed Ben Methnic
    Murray Gell-Mann
    Noam Chomsky
    Raymond Kurzweil
    René Delesalle
    René Sancier
    Richard Serra
    Rutger Hauer
    Soopaya Parianen
    Tomaso Poggio
    William Forsythe
    Yehudi Menuhin
    Yoko Ono
    Yves Bazillou
    Director: Henning Lohner
    Producer: Christoph Jörg, Henning Lohner, Peter Lohner
    Soundtrack: John Cage
    Editor: Sven Fleck
    Cinematography: Van Carlson
    Sound: Henning Lohner
    Studio: Lohner Ranger
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