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Kino ’74

Birgit Hein
FRG 1974 / 10’

During his stay in Cologne, Germany, in the summer of 1974, Jack Smith participated in the Kunst bleibt Kunst, Projekt ’74 (Art Remains Art, Project ’74) exhibition and appeared in avant-garde filmmaker Birgit Hein's short film for West German Television. As Hein wrote, We were all very concerned about whether Jack Smith would participate at all, but he was willing to do so on the condition that he could design the whole project himself.

Marc Siegel

Jack Smith

the father of the Cinema of Transgression and the initiator of camp and thrash trends, has, since the 1950s, been creating anarchist films and performances inspired by Hollywood B movies. In his productions, transvestites and drag-queens radically manifested their sexuality. Smith made his movies purposefully violate all the principles of zero-style cinema. They inspired later generations of cinematic outcasts and experimenters. Smith was born in Ohio in 1932 and moved to New York in the 1950s. He began using film no longer independently but as a component of performances. His Midnight Performances often started as late as 2 a.m. and lasted several hours. In many of his LIVE FILM performances, Smith completely reedited the film material, integrating excerpts, slides, text, and music. After Smith's death as a result of AIDS in 1989, Jim Hoberman and Penny Arcade founded the "Plaster Foundation", which commissioned Jerry Tartaglia to restore his films.


1950–1966 Porządne istoty / Respectable Creatues (short)

1960 Przestymulowany / Overstimulated (short)

1962 Taśma klejąca / Scotch Tape (short)

1963 Płonące istoty / Flaming Creatures

1963 Normalna miłość / Normal Love

1963 Żółta sekwencja / The Yellow Sequence (short)

1967 Ziele z wyspy Technikolor / Reefers of the Technicolor Island / Jungle Island (short)

1967–1970 (1998) Byłam panem Yvonne De Carlo / I Was a Male Yvonne De Carlo (short)

1968 Bez prezydenta / No President

1969 Piosenka do wynajęcia / Song for Rent (short)

1970 Ujęcia bez tytułu / Untitled Film Rushes

1971 Północ w Plaster Foundation / Midnight at the Plaster Foundation (short)

1978 Sinbad z Bagdadu / Sinbad of Baghdad (short)

1979 Oszołomy / Hot Air Specialists (short)

Birgit Hein

Birgit Hein is a filmmaker, film theorist, and a profesor emerita at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Braunschweig. She lives in Berlin.

Selected filmography

1967 S & W

1968 Rohfilm

1974 Kino ’74 (short)

1982 Love Stinks

1992 Die unheimlichen Frauen (doc.)

1995 Baby, I Will Make You Sweat

2000 La moderna poesia (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Birgit Hein
screenplay Birgit Hein, Jack Smith
cinematography Joseph Furtner, Bodo Kessler, Jürgen Müller, Karl Wächter
editing Gisela Halbrucker, Ingeborg Schöpke
cast Jack Smith
producer Kurt Zeimert
production WDR
sales Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst
language English, German
colouration colour