Pictures Book - 1919

Barbara Agreste2012/2012

Magmart Festival

Magmart Festival
Salerno, Italy

"I looked at the past through those documents that were left of it, mainly visual material like photographs and films. I decided to make an animation with old pictures I found on the web that were actually taken in 1919, and I have attached them to the pages of a book that I filmed while I leafed through it. Looking at the photographs the viewer can recognize some of the major events and relevant people of that year: the Treaty of Versailles (a series of conferences that took place in the Palace of Versailles in January 1919), Lady Astor as the first female member of the British Parliament, Emma Goldman, a crusader for women’s rights arrested in New york for distributing materials about birth control, the newly invented Rotary Dial Telephones that allowed people to dial the number themselves and not having to go through an operator, “Felix the Cat” as one of the most recognized cartoon characters in film history, and George Grosz's painting “The City”. Alongside the photographs, in some of the frames of the book I have placed some accelerated film-clips like “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, “Broken Blossoms”, and “Flying Youth” among others: I find these moving images extremely beautiful, and I consider them to be precious examples of 20th century film/art. Other pictures I have included show scenes of everyday life: buildings, architecture, towns, shops, interiors, fashion, and cars designed in 1919. Many of the photographs in this animation are not presented in their original version, but stylized as if drawn in ink, because I wanted this video to look more like a sketchbook of memories than a simple historical document. The sound is a mixture of extracts from famous symphonies, songs, talking voices of that period, and soundtracks from the included feature films." B. Agreste


  • Title: Pictures Book - 1919
  • Creator: Barbara Agreste
  • Date Created: 2012/2012
  • Location: Italy

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