In its more than 60 year history, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has screened a great number of short films that are now legendary. Many of them can be found online today. So we went on an online treasure hunt and were successful.
The links we found first fed our Facebook series "Legendary Shorts", where we present one of these films every week. Because of its success and because we don't want to lose the finds again in the flood of images on the web, we will show and collect them here on our website from now on.
Contact: Sabine Niewalda
Post from 15.9.2019
This time, in honour of Robert Frank, Summer Cannibals, a video Frank shot for Patti Smithin 1996 and which we screened in 2000 in our Pop Unlimited? Theme programme.
Post from 8.9.2019
Continuing on the theme of sports, another winner from the Sports Film Days: Women in Sports - an Informal History by Dan Klugherz from 1976, which won the Main Prize Cinema and Television Films in Oberhausen in 1977. A background note: women were allowed to run the Boston Marathon officially only in 1972!
Post from 1.9.2019
This time Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner) by Werner Herzog (1974), with music by Popol Vuh. It won the Grand Prize of the short-lived Oberhausen Sports Film Days in 1975. Alas, no subtitles, but amazing and mesmerizing nonetheless!
Post from 25.8.2019
This time Moonbird by John Hubley (USA 1959), an animated short which won the Academy Award for best Animation in 1959 and the prize for the best animation in Oberhausen in 1960.
Post from 18.8.2019
This time, Asparagus by Suzan Pitt (USA 1978), which won two prizes in Oberhausen in 1979, one of them the Fipresci Prize.
Post from 11.8.2019
This time Wavelength by Michael Snow (Canada 1967), screened in Oberhausen in 1989 as part of a special programme.
Post from 4.8.2019
This time a film by Peter Schamoni, one of the signatories of the Oberhausen Manifesto: Bodega Bohemia from 1961, which won a Special Mention of the International Jury in Oberhausen in 1962. There's a bit of German voice over, but only at the beginning.
Post from 28.7.2019
This time a playful early video by the German video artist Bjørn Melhus, No Sunshine from 1997, screened in Oberhausen both in the International and the German Competition 1998.
Post from 21.7.2019
From the earliest years of our festival, screened in 1956 at the third edition, this is Pérák a SS (Pérák and the SS) by the renowned Czech puppet-maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director Jiří Trnka. It's from 1946, no dialogue. (About the character of Pérák...)
Post from 14.7.2019
This time Dagie Brundert's Super 8 film Ja ja die schönste auf der Welt ist meine Bar (1998), which won a special distinction within the framework of the 3sat Promotional Award in 1999. Dagie Brundert works exclusively on Super 8.
Post from 7.7.2019
This time Thru the Wire by Aki Kaurismäki (1987), a film noir/music video featuring the Leningrad Cowboys Official, screened in our International Competition in 1988.
Post from 30.6.2019
This time Le Gros et le maigre, Roman Polanski's first post-graduation film and the last before his breakthrough with Knife in the water: Made in 1961 by Polanski and Jean-Pierre Rousseau, Polanski is also on screen as "le maigre". Screened in Oberhausen in 1962, where it won a Special Mention and a Recommendation.
Post from 23.6.2019
This time it's Kugelkopf (Ball Head), an early short from 1985 by the Austrian artist and filmmaker Mara Mattuschka, whose films were frequently presented in Oberhausen, most recently in 2009 when she won the Prize of the Festival for Burning Palace.
Post from 16.6.2019
This time, Des majorettes dans l'espace, written and directed by David Fourier (1996) and awarded the Eulenspiegel Prize for the "most humorous film" by the International Jury in Oberhausen in 1997.
Post from 9.6.2019
This time it's I Miss Sonja Henie, an omnibus film by Karpo Godina, Dušan Makavejev, Miloš Forman, Tinto Brass, Paul Morissey, Buck Henry and Frederick Weisman from 1972 - three-minute contributions where all participants were given a 35mm camera, a set and two actors and the only condition was that the sentence "I miss Sonja Henie" must be spoken in the film. In two parts, but definitely worth the effort:
Post from 2.6.2019
This time Die Brücke (The Bridge) by Haro Senft from 1956. Senft was one of the signatories of the Oberhausen Manifesto; in 1961, his film KAHL was the first German short film ever to be nominated for an Oscar as best documentary short.
Post from 26.5.2019
This time Les Morts de la Seine (also known as Death in the Seine) by Peter Greenaway from 1989, screened in Oberhausen in 1990 as part of a special programme, the "Video Section".
Post from 19.5.2019
This time, Blazes (1961) by Robert Breer, who won several prizes in Oberhausen, including the Max Ernst Prize in 1969 for his "complete oeuvre" (we should point out that we screened his film Atoz from 2000 in competition as late as 2001) .
Post from 12.5.2019
This time: Martin Arnold's Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy from 1998, which won the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen and the Fipresci Prize in 1998.
Post from 28.4.2019
This time Alexander Sokurov / Александр Сокуров, Sonata Dija Gitlera from 1988, which is part of our big Alexander Sokurov retrospective.
Post from 21.4.2019
Or rather, a legendary trailer in honour of our upcoming Theme programme "The Language of Attraction": Alfred Hitchcock's 6-minute trailer for Psycho!
Post from 14.4.2019
Perhaps not legendary yet, but sure to be: Café Regular, CAIRO by Ritesh Batra (2012), which won the Fipresci Prize in Oberhausen in 2012.
Post from 7.4.2019
Or, in this case, legendary music videos, as our MuVi Award 2019 is still online for voting. Here's Funky Squaredance for Phoenix by Roman Coppola. One of the most unusual clips of 2002 and screened in our 2003 MuVi International programme.
Post from 31.3.2019
This time, in honour and in memory of Agnès Varda, it's not a short film but a short clip in French where she talks about her influential first film LA POINTE COURTE. "I try to make films the way I feel and at the moment I feel it."
Post from 24.3.2019
This time, Jan Lenica, Monsieur Tête (1959), which won the Main Prize of the International Jury in Oberhausen in 1961.
Post from 17.3.2019
This time Gadające głowy (Talking Heads) by Krzysztof Kieslowski (1980), which was screened in Oberhausen in 1980.
Post from 10.3.2019
Here's a very early film by the brilliant Andrea Arnold: Dog (2001), which we screened in our Children's and Youth Film Competition in 2002.
Post from 3.3.2019
This time Norman McLaren's Rhythmetic from 1956, which was screened at our fourth (!) Festival in 1958 - and had won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1956.
Post from 24.2.2019
This time Valie Export's Syntagma from 1984, screened in our International Competition in 1985.
Post from 17.2.2019
This time a true classic: The Girl Chewing Gum by John Smith from 1976. Over the years we've screened many of John Smith's films, this one in 2002 in the John Smith Profile programme.
Post from 10.2.2019
This time it's a film for children (and adults) from 1997: Christa Moesker's Sientje, which we screened in our International Competition and our Children's Film Competition in 1998.
Post from 3.2.2019
This time: 89 mm od Europy by Marcel Łoziński from 1993. A beautiful documentary look at the 89 mm difference in track gauge between European and Russian railroads. It won the Main Prize and the FICC Prize in Oberhausen in 1993 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 1995.
Post from 27.1.2019
This time: Nice Time by Alain Tanner and Claude Goretta from 1957, shot over 25 weekends at London's Piccadilly Circus. Screened in Oberhausen in 1958, where it won an Honourary Recognition by the International Jury.
Post from 20.1.2019
This time, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the introduction of women's suffrage in Germany on 19 January 1919: Le Mouvement de libération des femmes iraniennes - année zero, Groupe Politique et Psychoanalyse, France/Iran 1979, screened in Oberhausen in 2008 as part of our Border-Crossers and Trouble-Makers Theme programme.
Post from 13.1.2019
This time Jem Cohen's This Is a History of New York from 1987, screened in Oberhausen as part of our Jem Cohen profile in 2001.
Post from 6.1.2019
This time: Craig Baldwin's Wild Gunman from 1978, screened in our Craig Baldwin Profile in 2000.