Video

Revolutionary Song

Istvan Kantor

2005, 09:15 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 194.33

Revolutionary Song pays tribute to the cinematic mayhem of video clips. It tells about the 16-year-old Istvan's visit in Paris in 1966. Through recollecting memories of a haircut obligation and conflict with his father, Kantor comments on his favorite subjects: authority and rebellion. On the way to the hairdresser, under the "hopelessly blue sky" and in an epoch described by Kantor's lyrics as "a time of the rising hippie scum", the young boy prays for "instant disaster, destruction and fire."

In an all encompassing Neoist editing style Kantor commemorates the unpredictable and ecstatic nature of insurrections, from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution to the may/1968 events. He combines anthem like vocals and dramatic noise, historical facts and ironical statements, propagandistic images and plundered film footage, heartbreaking violin sound and spoken words, ecstatic rhythm and church bells. "Long live the Spirit of Sweet 16 Rebellion!" he concludes.

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