Aloha

Germany 2016, Blu-ray, color, 25 minutes

Aloha – A magic word of the South Seas one is welcomed or adopted, it can express sympathy or love and is often combined with other words, whereby it constantly changes its meaning. The approach of a ship or a shoal, which announces itself to the trained eye of the scout by the rippling of the water long before, is communicated from the outlook high in the palms with the loud call “Aloha”.

“Aloha” is sung to irresistible seduction, which painter – Paul Gauguin, Max Pechstein, Emil Nolde, Henri Matisse, Walter Spies –, the ethnologist Margaret Mead and the directors Flaherty and Murnau followed. The variety of the word corresponds to the multi-faceted artistic design with which musicians, writers, scientists, painters and filmmakers tried to capture the diverse culture of the South Seas. They all draw from the rich source of local cultures in which dance and music, sculpture and painting, and even the wickerwork used in everyday life, serve as offerings for the ancestors and gods of protection.

World premiere as part of the exhibition FRIEDRICH WILHELM MURNAU. A HOMAGE in the Lenbachhaus Munich, on October 24, 2016.
Photographs
Cast & Crew
Direction and screenplay Ulrike Ottinger
Picture- and Sound-Editing Stanislav Milkowski
Production coordination Käthe Manzke
Created on the occasion of the exhibition FRIEDRICH WILHELM MURNAU – EINE HOMMAGE, 2016, Lenbachhaus Munich
In collaboration with Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich

Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden

Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
Using film excerpts and outtakes of TABU, 1931, von Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
As well as film excerpts from INSEL DER DÄMONEN, 1933, by Viktor von Plessen
BETÖRUNG DER BLAUEN MATROSEN, 1975, by Ulrike Ottinger
MADAME X – EINE ABSOLUTE HERRSCHERIN, 1977, by Ulrike Ottinger
DORIAN GRAY IM SPIEGEL DER BOULEVARDPRESSE, 1984, by Ulrike Ottinger
Photographs Deutsche Kinemathek
Archiv Ulrike Ottinger
Music Original music from the various films
Sound recordings from the media archive of the Ethnological Museum of the State Museums in Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage
Special thanks to Die Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden, for the generous provision of TABU (1931 Regie: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Drehbuch: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Robert J. Flaherty); to the Deutsche Kinemathek, which provided the edition of TABU's outtakes in cooperation with the Austrian Film Museum and the Cineteca di Bologna, supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes; Collection EYE Filmmuseum, the Netherlands, for the excerpts from Viktor von Plessens INSEL DER DÄMONEN
An Ulrike Ottinger film production  

 

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