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Heinz Emigholz
FRG 1975 / 27’

The title of the film pays homage to Jack Smith’s shows such as Lucky Landlordism of Rented Paradise 9, and especially to Horror of the Rented World, his stage performance at Collective for Living Cinema in 1975. The wise insight of those times was the phrase – its proclamation all over the world oscillating between unruly and tender, I am a tourist here myself.

Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

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)

Heinz Emigholz

He was born in 1948; he is a filmmaker, actor, artist, writer, and producer. He also holds the position of professor lecturing on experimental film at the Academy of the Arts, Berlin (UDK). A founder of a motion-picture studio, Pym Films. The author of numerous experimental films and documentaries.

Selected filmography

1976 Hotel (short)

1988 Die Wiese der Sachen / The Meadow of Things (doc.)

2007 Schindlers Häuser / Schindler’s Houses (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Heinz Emigholz
screenplay Heinz Emigholz
cinematography Heinz Emigholz
editing Heinz Emigholz
music Marcia Bronstein
cast Silke Grossmann, Heinz Emigholz
producer Heinz Emigholz
sales Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst
language no dialogues
colouration colour