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On the Scene of Intimacy - Berlin, December 2009

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2 20 Silhouettes on the Shade
based on the true story of Susanne Sachsse, Marc Siegel, and friends (1999-2009)

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>> the true story of Susanne Sachsse, Marc Siegel, and friends (1999-2009)

A remake of Schnitzler’s “Reigen” (La Ronde).
In “Reigen”, ten characters appear in pairs; in each scene, one member of a pair is exchanged, meeting the next partner in a sequence of rising societal rank, from the prostitute to the count, and all are connected with each other through their affairs. The themes of the play are power, sex, and morality; the scenes show the couples before and after the sexual act; and these are not love stories.

Trailer No1 from the film:
SILHOUETTES based on the true story by
Susanne Sachsse, Marc Siegel and friends.
Chapter 18: Jennifer and Susanne

more films:
Chapter 4: Vaginal and Diedrich
Chapter 10: Zazie and Susanne
Chapter 14: Stephan and Nico

Ten years ago, the actress and later gay icon from Jena met the queen of “tea room” sex and later stepfather of her children in Los Angeles and they fell in love, beginning this Berlin rondo. All 20 characters are tied together through their scholarly work, art production, and sex in various overlapping constellations. In the shadow film, they meet in pairs for short dialogs that touch upon many topics (that were in the air on the day of the shoot); in chats and gossip, what could be called the intimacy of friendship is formulated. Friendship follows an economy of time that differs from that of the affair. It develops only under long-term conditions; a friend is not immediately there and is not immediately recognized; he needs elbow room. Friendship is always in becoming and develops slowly. It is a promise, and its presence is only a rehearsal, this evening as a shadow and love play. The protagonists are recognizable only as silhouettes, a cheap abstraction that nonetheless makes it possible to give voice to feelings beyond the identificatory-psychologizing determination of subjects.

Encountering each other in the one-hour shadow film are:
the double-divorcée from Jena; the Professor for Theory, Practice, and Mediation; the Pole; The Tea Room Queen from New York; the underground filmmaker from Cologne; the autodidact from Oregon; the reluctant pornographer; the mother of twins; the artist from Paris; the New York Theorist of promiscuity; the friend; the fancy lady from Düsseldorf; the retarded whore; the publisher from Kreuzberg; the gossip theorist from the Free University Berlin; the French diva; the female artist; the black-and-white filmmaker from Winnipeg; the film curator on Potsdamer Platz; the dandy from the precariat; the American dialectician of intimacy; the twin brother; and… Salome passes by.

Guy Maddin and Bruce La Bruce

Jennifer Doyle, Susanne Sachsse, Hannah Hurtzig

Chapter I
Susanne and Marc
How it all began. A special night in the bar “The Count of Monte Cristo II (formerly known as the Daughter of Rosie O`Grady)”, in which some of the later protagonists are present, although not all of them encounter each other this evening

Chapter 2
Stefanie and Tim
In which various definitions of friendship are discussed and two films enter into a friendship

Chapter 3
Adam and Daniel
The memory of that hot night in Cracow with CHEAP klub, which will be mentioned again in Chapter 10

Chapter 4
Vaginal and Diedrich
Memories of Los Angeles from the viewpoint of two people without driver’s license

Chapter 5
Christophe and Susanne
Advice: “My child, don’t sell yourself for just a dollar or two”

Chapter 6
Bruce and Guy
Why one shouldn`t store celluloid in the fridge of a pyromaniac and on other lost films

Chapter 7
Tan Binh and Vaginal
In which knowledgeable tips on make-up and cruising advice for dolls and über-girls are given

Chapter 8
Daniel and Marc
How they decided to leave L.A. to live in Warsaw and Berlin and why coincidence is a manifestation of necessity

Chapter 9
Zazie and Susanne
In which one girlfriend gives the other a gift that seems all the more precious for being imperfect (and on concepts of friendship in East Germany)

Chapter 10
Wilhelm and Marc
How we struggled back then and how we now continue. In the course of the conversation, the following are mentioned: Jack Smith, Otto Mühl, Herman Nitsch, Hanel Köck, Scheißkerl (Shithead), and a trip with Marc’s grandmother to Cracow

Chapter 11
Guy and Stefanie
On friendship with buildings and on the cultural appropriation of a mother’s summer home in Winnipeg

Chapter 12
Keren and Christopher
On the consumption of the romantic, cold intimacy and passionate admiration

Chapter 13
Douglas and Jennifer
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (1950 – 2009)

Chapter 14
Stephan and Nico
In which Luis says “Papa” for the first time

Chapter 15
Richard and Vaginal
On Christian superheroes and Christian guns and a suggestion for fitting punishment for the older generation

Chapter 16
Marc and Vaginal
On Gossip in the Age of Technical Reproduction, presented in the examples of a case (Berlin, 2004), and the classification of the cultural scene in Margo Channings and Eve Harringtons

Chapter 17
Douglas and Marc
On people and things you don’t necessarily know but might want to know or think it would be good to know for some reason or another - gossip theory

Chapter 18
Susanne and Jennifer
Anonymous sex at the beach and in Georgia