24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Suchá nearby Nejdek
director: Jan Ságl
original title: Suchá u Nejdku
running time: 3 min.
synopsisPreparations for a concert by the Plastic People and Aktual in the village of Suchá by Nejdek. The film records the arrival of the band members, moving the equipment, and setting up the stage, but not the concert itself, which took place in absolute darkness and is seen on the film only as a brief shot of someone breathing fire – one of the many pyrotechnical effects that were a part of the Plastics’ concerts. It is a momentary homage to fire-breather, stage technician, and later the drummer for DG 307, Vladimír Vyšín.
biographyJan Ságl (1942) je považován za dvorního fotografa undergroundu 60. a 70. let. Jeho práce s filmovou kamerou je ohraničena lety 1971–74, během nichž natočil celkem 12 krátkých filmů. Na počátku byla Super-8 kamera pořízená s přispěním Jiřího Koláře. Tu chápal jako extenzi své tehdejší fotografické praxe. Jistou dobu pak fotografoval a točil zároveň výjevy ze života undergroundu, koncerty, happeningy. Jeho dokumentaristický přístup nese silné stopy fotografické praxe, natáčí a komponuje s jistotou, téměř bez výjimky střihá přímo v kameře. Díky pohybu v uzavřené komunitě je jeho přístup důvěrný, často proniká objektivem a ručním reflektorem do bezprostřední blízkosti aktérů událostí a strhujícím způsobem tak zachycuje atmosféru podzemní kultury. Druhou polohou jsou jeho filmy autorské, v nichž volně navazuje na formy land artu a strukturální tendence amerického filmu.
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