Historically, the cinema close-up was initially employed to convey emotions through facial expressions. But soon filmmakers also began focusing their attention on hands. Using film extracts, Farocki explores this visual language, it's symbolism, Freudian slips, automatisms and its music. Often, hands betray an emotion which the face tries to dissimulate. They can also function as a conduit (exchanging money) or witness to a form of competence (work).
Original title Der Ausdruck der Hände Director Harun Farocki Scriptwriter Harun Farocki, Jörg Becker Cinematographer Ingo Kratisch Sound Klaus Klingler Editor Max Reimann Researcher in the USA David Barker, Tom Bigelow Production Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin, for WDR TV-producer Werner Dütsch Format video-BetaSp, 1:1,37, col. Length 30 min. First broadcast 07.09.1997, 3sat
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