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Aufzeichnungen aus der Unterwelt
Notes from the Underworld
© Vento Film
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

IMAGE

Rainer Frimmel

SON

Manuel Grandpierre, Tizza Covi

MONTAGE

Tizza Covi

MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

Kurt Girk

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, Vento Film

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Vento Film, AFC - Austrian Films

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Au cours des années 1960, l’opinion viennoise est secouée par plusieurs fusillades ayant pour objet la mainmise sur les jeux d’argent illégaux. De longs entretiens avec des personnes jadis impliquées nous dévoilent la complexité de ce microcosme qui était considéré comme la mafia de Vienne.

Seated at tables in taverns and sparsely furnished rooms, captured in black-and-white images, Viennese folk singer Kurt Girk and his friend Alois Schmutzer, the “King of Vienna’s Underworld”, smoke and discuss their eventful lives. They share memories of their childhood during the war and of the wild years that followed, back when they were notorious. With just a few but incisive questions, Covi and Frimmel get the two friends, some of their fellow travellers and even opponents to open up. As if to prove they are not spinning us some cock-and-bull story, their intense anecdotes are endorsed by footage from broadcaster ORF’s archive and their own private photo albums, providing a portrait of a bygone era in which men like “Loisl” and “Kurtl” wrote urban history – the unofficial version, replete with shoot-outs, gambling debts, unbelievable conditions in prison and in the courtroom. An oral history that neither romanticises nor passes judgement, but which commands respect for the fearlessness of the two protagonists. The film’s depiction of Vienna in the 1960s fills a gap in terms of content, while formally, it shows us what contemporary cinema can do.

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