The Taste of Life

For years I've been looking for the means to capture everyday life just as it is perceived through a glance from the street. Twenty years ago, you could see young people standing with their bicycles on street corners, in fact, if the bicycles where there, you could be sure to find the young people standing there talking.

I would like to document these kinds of events. On this occasion, I was presented with the opportunity to do so. For two and a half weeks, I walked around different parts of the city with my camera and collected images for the film.

(Harun Farocki, 1979)

Original title Der Geschmack des Lebens Director, scriptwriter Harun Farocki Cinematographer Rosa Mercedes Editor, Sound Hanns Beringer Music Tony Conrad and Faust, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple Assistant, production manager Karl-Heinz Wegmann Production Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin-West Format 16 mm, col., 1:1,37 Length 29 min. First broadcast 05.08.1979, SFB First release 28.06.1980, Berlin-West, (Cinema Bundesallee) Note commissioned for the TV series Projektionen