I spotted it nestling at a Kreuzberg fleamarket and was drawn in by it’s cover, finely crafted using delicately cut out paper
Film Fimmel roughly translates as ‘Film Infatuation,’ so I was intrigued as to what some of the chapters were about. Because my German only stretches to ordering kaffee und kuchen, I had to take to Google translate with some of these, with limited results – this section below reads as ‘Mysterious Characters,’ which still doesn’t tell me much, although this flat capped ruffian is already a winner
The cover made me think straight away of the jagged edges, sharp angles seen in lots of German Expressionist films of the time, but especially The Cabinet of Dr Caligari – I’d recently spent an afternoon watching it with some excellent visual fiends Jo who also blogs about vintage treasures she finds in grubby lorries, and Jaana, Estonian refugee and clever book designer, and we were infatuated with the striking sets and spiky shapes and the superb sense of menace and expertly crafted creepiness throughout.
I was in Berlin to create an installation with artist Rachael Macarthur. Thanks to Das Gift for hosting us, a super bar and gallery space in Neukolln with a Scottish slant. Here are a few pics of what we created: