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Bazon - Serious Jokes

OT: Bazon-Ernste Scherze

Peter Sempel // Germany, 2016
Documentary Feature // FF2016
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Documentary A psychodocumentary music film about Bazon Brock, a fascinating philosopher and art and social critic. Harald Falckenberg has called him a universal genius. In his Berlin gallery “Denkerei” (“Thinkery”) with the “Amt für Arbeit an unlösbaren Problemen und Maßnahmen der hohen Hand” (“Office for Work on Unsolvable Problems and High-Handed Measures”), his house in Wuppertal, at appearances in museums, galleries, universities, the ZKM arts centre in Karlsruhe, Cabaret Voltaire and Vienna, the camera meanders through Brock’s world of ideas, which move from Wagner and Nietzsche to Sloterdijk, Neo Rauch, Uli Hoeness and housewives. Watched by animals, including many birds. Bazon: everything is “contrafact”, “tickling autonomy” and music, from punk to opera.


Since 1981, PETER SEMPEL (*1954) has been making films about artists, including Blixa Bargeld and Nick Cave (Dandy, 1988), Bazon Brock, Jonas Mekas, Kazuo Ohno, Ginsberg, Nina Hagen, Flamenco, Lemmy, Jonathan Meese, the art world and jazz musician Peter Brötzmann.



Bazon-Ernste Scherze

Documentary Feature


Hamburger Filmschau//FF2016



112 min


Peter Sempel

Peter Sempel

Bazon Brock, Erwin Wurm, Blixa Bargeld, J.Meese, Luisa I.Z.Maier, Goldene Zitronen, C.Jankowski, Peter Sloterdijk

Peter Sempel

Peter Sempel

Peter Sempel Mitarbeit: Christoph Pustlauk, Patrick v.Schuckmann

Goldene Zitronen, BlixaBargeld, Abwärts, Wagner, Verdi, Geisterfahrer, MatthiasSchuster, GongerOm, Madrigal Chor Eppendorf, Richard Wassmuth, DirtBikes, Bürgermeister der Nacht, Andrea Neumann, Schubert, Schumann...

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Peter Sempel, Blacksunflower Film&Foto: sempel@t-online.de

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