The White Slave + 1, 2, 3 Rhapsody (18*)

7pm / Architecture on Film

10 October 2011
Cinema 1

Standard - £9.50 online (£10.50 full price) / Barbican Members - £7.50 online (£8.50 full price) / Concessions £8.50

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Before studying architecture and founding OMA, Rem Koolhaas embarked on a early career in film, as a member of the youthful anti-auteur 1,2,3 Group, and as a screenwriter and frequent collaborator with childhood friend Rene Daalder. This screening offers a rare opportunity to view Koolhaas' early cinematic involvement and imagination – with these films newly restored and subtitled especially for the screening.

Programmed in response to the Barbican exhibition OMA/Progress. With special thanks to Rene Daalder.

Introduced by Rem Koolhaas (To Be Confirmed) & Shumon Basar
The White Slave (De Blanke Slavin) - UK Premiere
Koolhaas co-wrote The White Slave with fellow group member and childhood friend Rene Daalder - who would later move to Hollywood, pioneer digital special effects and create an eclectic oeuvre, from the teenage cult classic Massacre at Central High to a lyrical documentary on the Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan-Ader.

The White Slave is a nightmarish, satirical and surreal film-noir. A German soldier returns to post-war Amsterdam to find himself, his relatives and a cast of idealistic nurses, enmeshed in a Tangiers slave ring. Paranoid, erotic, bizarre and bristling with ideas, this is a fascinating artefact of avant-garde Dutch filmmaking, and Koolhaas’ early imagination.

West Germany/The Netherlands 1969, Dir Rene Daalder, 103 min.
Dutch with English subtitles.

1, 2, 3 Rhapsody - UK Premiere
An iconoclastic first film from the headstrong teenagers of the 1,2,3 Group, who took irreverent turns to write, direct, and star in a series of skits.

Holland 1965, Dirs Jan de Bont, Frans Bromet, Rene Daalder, Rem Koolhaas, Samuel Meyering 15 min.
Dutch with English subtitles.

Curated by The Architecture Foundation

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* Local classification


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