The sixth and final box set in the Jørgen Leth Collection comprises his early experiments. Here we find Leth's first films from the 1960s and early 1970s, when the poet and director moved into the world of film, playing around with images and sound. His very first film, from 1963, is about the jazz pianist Bud Powell. Like so many of these films, it is the product of a close collaboration with the cinematographer Ole John. Leth and John continued their tight partnership over the following years, exploring and challenging cinematic language. Eventually, they expanded their collaborative form into the ABCinema movement, a film collective of artists from many different scenes, including among others Bjørn Nørgaard, Per Kirkeby, Ursula Reuter, Lene Adler Petersen and Erik Thygesen. The box set offers a portrait of "the artist as a young puppy," and supplements the early experiments with an array of bonus materials almost a full five hours chronicling the rise of ABCinema, describing the director's life in Haiti today and pointing ahead to two brand new films about Leth.
Stopforbud / Stop for Bud - Denmark 1963 - Directed by: Jørgen Leth, Ole John, Jens Jøren Thorsen - Photographed by: Ole John - Music: Bud Powell - With: Bud Powell, Niels-Henning østred Pedersen, Jørn Elniff, Max Brüel - Produced by: Jørgen Leth, Ole John, Jens Jøren Thorsen
Se frem til en tryg tid / Look Forward to a Time of Security - Denmark 1965 - Directed by: Jørgen Leth, Ole John - Photographed by: Ole John - Music by: Louis Hjulmand - Produced by: Bauhaus Situationiste / Laterna Film
Nær himlen, nær jorden / Near Heaven, Near Earth - Denmark 1968 - Directed by: Jørgen Leth, Ole John - Photographed by: Ole John - Produced by: Laterna Film
Ofelias blomster / Ophelia's Flower - Denmark 1968 - Directed by: Jørgen Leth - Photographed by: Henning Camre, Ole John - With: Lene Adler Petersen - Produced by: Laterna Film
Dyrehaven, den romantiske skov / The Deer Garden: The Romantic Forest - Denmark 1970 - Directed and written by: Jørgen Leth, Per Kirkeby - Photographed by: Henning Camre - Music by: Henning Christiansen - Produced by: Laterna Film
Eddy Merckx i nærheden af en kop kaffe / Eddy Mercks in the Vicinity of a Cup of Coffee - Denmark 1973 - Directed by: Jørgen Leth - Photographed by: Jørgen Leth, Poul Andersen, Per Sønchsen - Music by: Antonio Carlos Jobim - With: Jørgen Leth, Eddy Mercks, Walter Godefroot - Produced by: Danmarks Radio
Composer Meets Quartet - Denmark 1987 - Directed by: Jørgen Leth - Photographed by: Dan Holmberg, Dirk Brüel, Palle Hansen, Jeppe Jeppesen - Music: Herman D. Koppel - With: Herman D. Koppel, Cantilena Piano Quartet, Knud W. Jensen - Produced by: Caspar Thorsøe Video Production
Eftersøgningen / The Searchr - Denmark 1971 - Directed by and featering: Jørgen Leth, Ann Bierlich, Ursula Reuter Christiansen, John Davidsen, Peter Engberg, Ole John, Vagn Lundbye, Niels Schwalbe, Peter Thorsboe - Photographed by: Ole John - Music by: Henning Christiansen - Produced by: ABCinema / Hedeselskabet af 1969
ABCinema - Denmark 2009 - Directed, written and produced by: Anders Benmouyal, Jacob Dammas, Kristian Danholm, Jesper Jensen, Martin Lennon Larsen, Jakob Møller Larsen - Photographed by: Lars Beyer - Music: Ibrahim Electric, Jens Zerfass - With: Jørgen Leth, Ole John, Per Kirkeby, Bjørn Nørgaard
Katherine Dunham: Dancing with Life - USA 1993 - Directed by: Jørgen Leth - Photographed by: Marcus Smith - With: Katherine Dunham - Produced by: Council for Positive Images, Inc.
Det erotiske menneske (teaser) / The Erotic Human (Teaser) - Denmark 2009 - Directed and written by: Jørgen Leth - Photographed by: Dan Holmberg - Music by: Floriano - Produced by: Zentropa Productions2 og Nordisk Film
Jeg skriver tingene ned (teaser) / I Take Notes (Teaser) - Denmark 2009 - Directed by: Christian Bonke - Photographed by: Frederic Jacobi, Christian Bonke - Music: Abdullah S, Jonas Engberg, Kristoffer Sjelberg - With: Jørgen Leth - Produced by: Basmati Film
Jørgen Leth: Lyst og Fortvilelse (teaser) / Jørgen Leth: Desire and Despair (Teaser) - Norway 2009 - Directed and written by: Truls Lie - Photographed by: Ulrika Ekberg, Steffen Moestrup, Truls Lie, Eirik Bø - With: Jørgen Leth - Produced by: Fenris Film AS
Jørgen Leth on Haiti - Spain 2007 - Directed, written, photographed and produced by: Olatz Gonzáles Abrisketa - Music by: Xabier Erkizia, Iñigo Telletxca, Ibai Gogortza - With: Jørgen Leth
27 Scenes About Jørgen Leth - Brazil 2008 - Directed by: Amir Labaki - Photographed by: Henrique Rodriguez - Music by: Luis Felipe Labaki - With: Jørgen Leth - Produced by: It's All True Documentary Film Festival
11 Personlige Udsagn om Jørgen Leth og hans værk / 11 Personal Utterances About Jørgen Leth and His Work - Denmark 2009 - Directed and photographed by: Henning Camre - With: Lars von Trier, Annette K. Olesen, Christoffer Boe, Jens Christian Grøndahl, Jon Bang Carlsen, Lars Bukdahl, Lasse Ellegaard, Lilian Munk Rösing, Ole Christian Madsen, Per Kirkeby, Signe Plambech - Produced by: Marianne Christensen Film
DVD features (3-disc DVD)
- Stopforbud 1963, 12'
- Se frem til en tryg tid 1965, 10'
- Nær himlen, nær jorden 1968, 26'
- Ofelias blomster 1968, 7'
- Dyrehaven, den romantiske skov 1970, 39'
- Eddy Merckx i nærheden af en kop kaffe 1973, 29'
- Composer Meets Quartet 1987, 28'
- Eftersøgningen 1971, 36'
- ABCinema 2009, 28'
- Katherine Dunham: Dancing with Life 1993, 14'
- Det erotiske menneske (teaser) 2009, 10'
- Jeg skriver tingene ned (teaser) 2009, 7'
- Jørgen Leth: Lyst og Fortvilelse (teaser) 2009, 9'
- Jørgen Leth on Haiti 2008, 52'
- 27 Scenes about Jørgen Leth 2008, 72'
- 11 Personlige Udsagn om Jørgen Leth og hans værk 2009, 113'
Edited by: Danish Film Institute
DVD authoring: Electric Parc
DVD supervision: Dan Nissen, Thomas C. Christensen