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Carlos Casas


Label: VON

Format: DVD

Genre: Experimental

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Edition of 500. 1812 is an immersive audiovisual work entirely created and reworked from the classic Russian film 'War and Peace' by Sergey Bondarchuk, from 1967, the work uses only and exclusively found footage and material from the film, and implodes it to create a new audiovisual work, a new visual sound experience. The result is an experimental vision that pretends to expand the way we perceive films and tries to push our notion of audiovisual sensations. Narration and plot lines are annihilated and imploded to become a sort of visual sound collage. 1812 wants to present a new vision and sound image of war, war and peace was hailed as presenting a new approach to war scenes and achieving a realism never achieved in film before, its use of 200.000 extras for the war scenes made of it the biggest production ever accomplished by man, a record that will never be broken again, in face of the new computer possibilities, war and peace was also a visual and sound experiment and its 5.1 sound mix became a standard in future productions and even its techniques were later to become standards and copied in Hollywood. War and Peace is surely the grand and boldest film production ever made. That is why I believe it is worth it to bring it back alive in a new shape, in a new vision, thru to its original intent, to transcribe the feeling of war and to bring alive the vision of Lev Tolstoy, the writer who best that any other writer would envision with its writing the cinematic visual language that will make cinema the means of expression of the next century, 1812 is the original title Tolstoy indented for his novel, that is why in an homage to his work too, I ve decided to call the project 1812, also a way to recall the 200 years span that separates us from the actual facts that were described in the book. 200 years that also provides a new reading of this work, in the context of Europe today. 1812 is composed by 4 parts Peace (prelude, polonaise, dance, epilogue), The songs (Andrei's Song, Natascha's Song, Napoleon's Song, Pierre's Song), The seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring), War (Borodino, Schangrabern, Austerlitz, Moscow).

Cat. number: von 018
Year: 2013