Hans Richter

Richter's first contacts with modern art were in 1912 through the "Blaue Reiter" and in 1913 through the "Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon" gallery "Der Strum", in Berlin. In 1914 he was influenced by cubism. He contributed to the periodical Die Aktion in Berlin. His first exhibition was in Munich in 1916, and Die Aktion published as a special edition about him. In the same year he was wounded and discharged from the army and went to Zürich and joined the Dada movement. Richter believed that the artist's duty was to be actively political, opposing war and supporting the revolution. His first abstract works were made in 1917. In 1918, he befriended Viking Eggeling, and the two experimented together with film. Richter was co-founder, in 1919, of the Association of Revolutionary Artists at Zürich. In the same year he created his first Prélude (an orchestration of a theme developed in eleven drawings). In 1920 he was a member of the November group in Berlin and contributed to the Dutch periodical De Stijl. Throughout his career, he claimed that his 1921 film, Rhythmus 21, was the first abstract film ever created. This claim is not true: he was preceded by the Italian Futurist Bruno Corra and Arnaldo Ginna between 1911 and 1912 (as they report in the Futurist Manifesto of Cinema), as well as by fellow German artist Walter Ruttmann who produced Lichtspiel Opus 1 in 1920. Nevertheless, Richter's film Rhythmus 21 is considered an important early abstract film. Richter moved from ...

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Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2011)

Experimental filmmaker Pip Chodorov traces the course of experimental film in America, taking the very personal point of view of someone who grew up as part of the experimental film community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pip Chodorov
CAST:  Hans Richter  •  Pip Chodorov  •  Peter Kubelka  •  Stan Brakhage

Experimental filmmaker Pip Chodorov traces the course of experimental film in America, taking the very personal point of view of someone who grew up as part of the experimental film community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pip Chodorov
CAST:  Hans Richter  •  Pip Chodorov  •  Peter Kubelka  •  Stan Brakhage

The New Apartment (1930)

A commissioned film for Schweizerischer Werkbund (SWB), Die neue Wohnung was produced for the Basel architectural and interior design exhibition, WOBA, to demonstrate innovative aspects of modern architecture and highlight their differences from the event’s highly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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A commissioned film for Schweizerischer Werkbund (SWB), Die neue Wohnung was produced for the Basel architectural and interior design exhibition, WOBA, to demonstrate innovative aspects of modern architecture and highlight their differences from the event’s highly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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Diaries, Notes, and Sketches (1969)

An epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Mekas
CAST:  Jane Brakhage  •  Stan Brakhage  •  John Cale  •  Storm De Hirsch

An epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Mekas
CAST:  Jane Brakhage  •  Stan Brakhage  •  John Cale  •  Storm De Hirsch

He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life (1986)

A film collage tracing the story of the lives, loves, and deaths within the artistic community surrounding Jonas Mekas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Mekas
CAST:  Kenneth Anger  •  Robert Breer  •  Adolfo Arrieta  •  Hollis Frampton

A film collage tracing the story of the lives, loves, and deaths within the artistic community surrounding Jonas Mekas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Mekas
CAST:  Kenneth Anger  •  Robert Breer  •  Adolfo Arrieta  •  Hollis Frampton

8 X 8: A Chess-Sonata in 8 Movements (1957)

8 x 8: A Chess-Sonata in 8 Movements is an American experimental film directed by Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, and Jean Cocteau. Described by Richter as "part Freud, part Lewis Carroll" and filmed partially on the lawn of Duchamp's summer house in Southbury, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Hans Arp  •  Paul Bowles  •  Jean Cocteau  •  Marcel Duchamp

8 x 8: A Chess-Sonata in 8 Movements is an American experimental film directed by Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, and Jean Cocteau. Described by Richter as "part Freud, part Lewis Carroll" and filmed partially on the lawn of Duchamp's summer house in Southbury, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Hans Arp  •  Paul Bowles  •  Jean Cocteau  •  Marcel Duchamp

Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928)

Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Werner Graeff  •  Walter Gronostay  •  Paul Hindemith  •  Darius Milhaud

Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Werner Graeff  •  Walter Gronostay  •  Paul Hindemith  •  Darius Milhaud

Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

An attempt to bring the work of surrealist artists to a wider public. The plot is that of an average Joe who can conjure up dreams that will improve his customer's lives. This frame story serves as a link between several avant-garde sequences created by leading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Jack Bittner  •  Libby Holman  •  Dorothy Griffith  •  Josh White

An attempt to bring the work of surrealist artists to a wider public. The plot is that of an average Joe who can conjure up dreams that will improve his customer's lives. This frame story serves as a link between several avant-garde sequences created by leading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Jack Bittner  •  Libby Holman  •  Dorothy Griffith  •  Josh White

Rhythm 23 (1923)

We watch white shapes dancing on black background, which changes when the white shape fills up the screen completely, and black lines and figures bounce around on the now white background.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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We watch white shapes dancing on black background, which changes when the white shape fills up the screen completely, and black lines and figures bounce around on the now white background.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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Rhythm 21 (1921)

Abstract animated short film. Grey and white squares change size and shape on a black background.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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Abstract animated short film. Grey and white squares change size and shape on a black background.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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Dadascope (1961)

Free-form association between images with disorienting and juxtaposed sound and all the standard themes of the Dada movement such as games of chances, dice, word-games, etc. From blooming flowers to explosions, an eye on a metronome, games with shadows and light, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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Free-form association between images with disorienting and juxtaposed sound and all the standard themes of the Dada movement such as games of chances, dice, word-games, etc. From blooming flowers to explosions, an eye on a metronome, games with shadows and light, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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From the Circus to the Moon (1963)

American sculptor, Alexander Calder, creates around the workshop. The film features several of his kinetic sculptures-- Wild moving figurines that spin, undulate and perform circus acts. The film ends on a hanging moon mobile, completing our wacky trip.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Alexander Calder

American sculptor, Alexander Calder, creates around the workshop. The film features several of his kinetic sculptures-- Wild moving figurines that spin, undulate and perform circus acts. The film ends on a hanging moon mobile, completing our wacky trip.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Alexander Calder

A Visit To Hans Richter (2003)

This piece had its world premiere as the opening film of the Hans Richter Tribute at Cinema Arsenal in the summer of 2003. The nine minutes of film are a compilation of all appearances of Hans Richter in Jonas’s films. The result is a new work, a singular ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Mekas
CAST:  Hans Richter

This piece had its world premiere as the opening film of the Hans Richter Tribute at Cinema Arsenal in the summer of 2003. The nine minutes of film are a compilation of all appearances of Hans Richter in Jonas’s films. The result is a new work, a singular ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Mekas
CAST:  Hans Richter

Metall (1933)

Directed by Hans Richter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Ivan Chuvelyov  •  Maksim Shtraukh

Directed by Hans Richter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Ivan Chuvelyov  •  Maksim Shtraukh

Germany Dada (1969)

This documentary concerns the contributions of German artists to the Dadaist movement. Created in 1916, the organizers rejected previous convention and delighted in nihilistic satire in painting, sculpture and literature. Comparisons are made between the movement ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Helmut Herbst
CAST:  Hans Richter  •  Richard Huelsenbeck  •  Raoul Hausmann

This documentary concerns the contributions of German artists to the Dadaist movement. Created in 1916, the organizers rejected previous convention and delighted in nihilistic satire in painting, sculpture and literature. Comparisons are made between the movement ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Helmut Herbst
CAST:  Hans Richter  •  Richard Huelsenbeck  •  Raoul Hausmann

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DIRECTION:  Erwin Leiser
CAST:  Hans Richter

Index – Hans Richter (1973)

Dedicated to Nigel Gosling. Voice-over with Hans Richter reading a Dada text. Filmed in Locarno. Oesterreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory J. Markopoulos
CAST:  Hans Richter

Dedicated to Nigel Gosling. Voice-over with Hans Richter reading a Dada text. Filmed in Locarno. Oesterreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory J. Markopoulos
CAST:  Hans Richter

Race Symphony (1928)

'Race Symphony (1928)' belongs to a different style of film-making, most popular popular in the 1920s, known loosely as "City Symphonies." Documentaries such as 'Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)' and 'The Man With a Movie Camera (1929)' celebrated the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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'Race Symphony (1928)' belongs to a different style of film-making, most popular popular in the 1920s, known loosely as "City Symphonies." Documentaries such as 'Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)' and 'The Man With a Movie Camera (1929)' celebrated the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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Every Day (1929)

Experimental documentary focusing on a day in the life of city workers, featuring montage sequences and repetition to emphasise the monotony of routine office work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Sergei Eisenstein  •  Michael Hankinson  •  Basil Wright

Experimental documentary focusing on a day in the life of city workers, featuring montage sequences and repetition to emphasise the monotony of routine office work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Sergei Eisenstein  •  Michael Hankinson  •  Basil Wright

Everything Turns, Everything Revolves (1929)

A day at the carnival — sensational tent shows where miracles can be seen for the price of admission, boisterous noise of crowds and barkers, shrill and gaudy circus music, the violence of the street ten-fold. This is the substance of Everything Turns, Richter’s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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A day at the carnival — sensational tent shows where miracles can be seen for the price of admission, boisterous noise of crowds and barkers, shrill and gaudy circus music, the violence of the street ten-fold. This is the substance of Everything Turns, Richter’s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
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