The Films of Amos Gitai: a Montage

Edited by Paul Willemen
BFI Publishing, London, 1993
132 pages

About this book

Amos Gitai is the most important and innovative film-maker to have emerged from Israel. Trained as an architect, his documentaries and features deploy a uniquely fascinating style, often enhanced by the superb camerawork of Henri Alekan or Nurith Aviv. Among his most regular collaborators are artists like Hanna Schygulla, Simon and Markus Stockhausen and Sam Fuller.
Some of his most extraordinary films include House, Field Diary, Pineapple, Bangkok-Bahrein, Esther, Golem and The Petrified Garden.

In addition to a complete, annotated filmography, this book presents a montage of essays, interviews, statements and critical commentaries by international scholars and critics including Paul Willemen, Alberto Farrassino, Irma Klein, Edoardo Bruno, Mikhail Iampolski, Asish Rajadhyaksha, Marco Melani, Serge Daney, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ygal Tomarkin, Taline Voskeritchian, David Lusted, Yann Lardeau and Michael Eaton.

Paul Willemen was an editor of Screen in the 70s, edited Framework in the 80s and published in a wide range of international film journals. His books include monographs on Jacques Tourneur, Pasolini, Frank Tashlin and Max Ophuls as well as a collection of theoretical writings, Looks and Frictions.

Table of Contents

Preface (Paul Willemen)

Part I-Essays
Bangkok-Bahrain-Berlin-Jerusalem (Paul Willemen)
Gitai: the Nomadic Image (Alberto Farassino)
The Road to Jerusalem (Mikhail Iampolski)
An Architectonics of Responsibilty (Irma Klein)
A View from Within (Taline Voskeritchian)
Broken Dreams-Three Gitai Films: Pineapple, Esther and Berlin-Jerusalem (Asish Rajadhyaksha)

Part II-The Films
Bait (Serge Daney, Julian Petley, Mikael Harsgor, Stuart Klawans)
Wadi (Angelika Kettelhack, Susan Barrowclough)
Field Diary (Selim Nassib, Yann Lardeau, Julian Petley)
Ananas (David Lusted)
Bangkok-Bahrain (Michael Eaton)
Esther (Rinchard Ingersoll, Rachel Neeman, Tamar Meroz)
Berlin-Jerusalem (Philippe Garrel)
Golem, l'esprit de l'exil (Markus and Simon Stockhausen, Marco Melani)
Metamorfosi di una melodia (Eduardo Bruno)

Part III-Gitai on Gitai

Part IV-Alekan on Gitai

Part V-Bio-filmography