Ghosts Before Breakfast

Four flying bowler hats, four German men, the destruction of time, and other oddities comprise this absurdist short. German. Original tite: Vormittagsspuk

Playful nonsense from Richter: a mix of serious subjects (guns, violence) with a light touch (ultimately signifying nothing): avant-garde slapstick. The ghosts in the title are trick photography—or perhaps cinema itself?—as phantom hands move on-screen objects and people disappear behind a lamp post. The final image is a clock that’s come apart, revealing “The End”. Fitting for a film that relies so much on reality played backwards and the inherent suspension of time required to merge stop-motion animation with live-action footage.

Ghosts Before Breakfast linger until noon. But no more.

Hans Richter, 1928


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