Fragments of Kubelka

Fragments of Kubelka

Edition Filmmuseum 85

This epic documentary subtly introduces the complex world view of iconic filmmaker and theoretician Peter Kubelka (born 1934, Vienna). While Kubelka's radical and pioneering body of films is a highly condensed work of about an hour focussing on the essence of cinema, his legendary lectures often unfold over many hours. These lectures on "what is cinema" and "cooking as an art form" are frequently illuminated by the presentation of archaeological objects from Kubelka's eclectic collection. He considers his ongoing collecting to be an expanded film practice which explores the evolution of humanity. Martina KudlŠček has carefully woven an open-ended portrait which goes beyond the biographical to reveal fresh insights into the phenomenon of film.

The film

Fragments of Kubelka - Austria 2012 - Conceived, directed, photographed and produced by: Martina KudlŠček - World premiere: January 29, 2012 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)

About the film

Kubelka's films play and work with the flow of time, compressing the continuous now and presence. His films digest the manifold things of the universe: the elemental energies of light and dark; movement and stillness; the life of animals and patterns of landscape; gesture and dance. With another mode of time KudlŠček shared with us Kubelka's patient pace of conversation and listening, exploring things that mean so much to the artist: memories, souvenirs, his past and childhood, his home. All these things entered into Kubelka's films, but here they are brought to light and made part of his legacy as teacher and as artist. In perhaps the most sensual sequence, KudlŠček shows Kubelka as he prepares, cooks and then eats Wiener Schnitzel. Following rather than compressing the flow of time, we watch as ingredients embrace each other: egg, flour, meat and butter. We see the browning and transformation of these things exposed to fire, listen to their ecstatic metamorphosis. As Kubelka says, food is a metaphor that can be eaten, a meal is a work of art that can be consumed and digested. To digest, Kubelka tells us, is to embrace the universe. Fragments of Kubelka allows us to savor, swallow and digest these lessons.

Tom Gunning

DVD features (2-disc DVD)


  • Fragments of Kubelka 1 2012, 134'


  • Fragments of Kubelka 2 2012, 98'
  • 16 page trilingual booklet (German, English, French)

Edited by: ÷sterreichisches Filmmuseum
DVD authoring: Tobias Dressel
DVD supervision: Oliver Hanley

First Edition March 2014

TV Format Original format Audio format Language Subtitles Region code

4:3 (PAL)
Dolby Stereo 5.1
All Regions


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