Bruno Neri (circled) refusing to give the fascist salute before Fiorentina’s friendly with Montevarchi in 1931. The player died a while later fighting fascism with the italian antifascist partisan army.
Visions of Europe is a 2004 anthology film wherein various acclaimed European directors made short films about Europe, specifically their own corner. Bela Tarr‘s short acts as the Prologue. As those who know him will attest the attributes of this short are not surprising: it is comprised of one long take and the haunting, soul-encompassing, cyclical score by Mihaly Vig.
In an interview when asked why he was making films, the director answered as follows: ‘One desperately hangs on to thecamera, as the only depository of the supposed truth. But what should I shoot when everything is mendacious? Because I hate stories, since stories make people believe that something has happened. However, nothing happens; we are onlyfleeing from one state into another. As todayonly states exist – all stories are outdated,have become inferior common- places, ceased to existor aredissolved. Thus, nothing is left but time. Probably that’s the only true thing – real time:years, days, minutes and seconds. We die either of making films or of notmaking them. But we cannot get away with it.For our fate can only be corroborated by the films we make.’
"It was a reaction to the insanely over-retouched photos of celebrities that are everywhere," says the artist.
The series started back in 2006: reacting to a crazy over-exposure of Paris Hilton, Danny photoshopped some images by putting her face on random pictures. Eventually it evolved into visualisations of celebrities without their personal trainers, stylists and dietist. Danny says the feedback from the celebs he targets has been positive so far!