Innovative Cinema, AT/DE 1979, Farbe, 82 min., kein Dialog
Director: Friederike Pezold
The discovery of slowness. A woman—Friederike Pezold herself—in front of the camera and monitor. Always a body part—naked or decently covered—shifts into extreme close-up in the video image. Details first become visible, recognizable, when one has become accustomed to the slowing down. Ultimately, the body does not bare its secret, or in other words, preserves its aura of mystery. Toilette, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum in 1979, strips the viewers’ gaze of any prudence. A body film. Radical. Unparalleled.