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More detail on other film and video projects involving T.U.:

 
 
Playspots photo Playspots

"Before The Wall", "The Ball and The Wall" and "Motion Picture" were featured in Playspots, an exhibition of innovative art, architecture and design installations, at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Nov. 10-Dec. 10, 2006.


Nov. 10-Dec. 10, 2006.

  • Two photos from Playspots.
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    Some Kind of Monster poster "Some Kind of Monster"

    A portrait of Metallica by acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky as members of the band faced personal and professional challenges while recording their first studio album of original songs in years.
    T.U. makes a couple of appearances as himself (and father of Lars Ulrich).

    2 hours, 19 minutes. 2004, in English.

  • An interview with T.U. by Amazon.com about the film (and other subjects),
    in connection with the film's release on DVD. It links to a list of some jazz CDs and one DVD that T.U. especially likes.
  • The making of the film is chronicled in the book "Metallica: This Monster Lives: The Inside Story of Some Kind of Monster" by Joe Berlinger and Greg Milner.
  • Funny use of one of the clips with T.U.
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      Video art performance, with Gary Hill, Charles Stein, George Quasha

    On The Boards, Seattle, 2001.
     
     
    Pearls of the Moment image "Øjeblikkets perler" / "Pearls of the Moment"

    En personlig film om fordybelse i kropstræning, leg og alsidighed. Eske Holm gør op med moderigtige forestillinger om kropstræning og -dyrkelse. Metoder og discipliner i alsidighed anvises af Eske Holm selv, som danser, mediterer, spiller tennis, træner med spanske støvler og sværd. Bl.a. medvirker tennisspilleren Torben Ulrich.

    Directed by Lennart Pasborg, 1987, 36 minutes, in Danish.
     
     
    "Det Legende Menneske" / "Moments of Play"

    (From imdb.com:) A visually rich travelogue from Bali, Brazil, England, Haiti, Spain and the U.S.A., with a couple of scenes from China originally shot for Notater fra Kina, and a number of scenes with Leth's children in Denmark. Under thematic intermediate titles such as "Exploring, investigating reality" and "Being in another world, dreaming", the nine sections of the film present themselves as a series of loosely linked scenes or observations, with the clear point that play is a cross-cultural phenomenon and a human condition, not something naive or childish that we grow out of. With Dan Holmberg's sensitive cinematography the film takes us close to the many manifestations of play, and on the soundtrack Antonio Carlos Jobim's music communicates the warm fundamental tone of the film while Jørgen Leth's voice talks vividly about play and intones the poem "Jeg er klar nu", which may be seen as a personal approach to poetry. It includes the words "I play, I can do anything. Nothing is forbidden. I create my own world. I systematize chaos. I keep a balance as long as I think it is worth keeping".

    Directed by Jørgen Leth, 1986, 82 minutes, Danish and English versions.
     
     
    "Motion Picture"

    Ophavsmændene angiver selv denne baggrund for filmens dokumentation i billede og lyd af tennisspilleren Torben Ulrich, mens han øver sine slag, sin serve, sit løb, sine spring osv.: "Det store øjeblik for den mand, som spiller med en bold, er ekstase: Når bold, bane, modpart og tilskuere går op i en enhed af rituel dramatisk karakter. Først i den situation kan man se, siger Torben Ulrich. Mennesket kan beruse sig i det guddommelige. Men for at blive et realiseret guddommeligt menneske, må man et skridt hinsides det ekstatiske. Jeg tror, at når det europæiske menneske i dag er så interesseret i Afrika og Østen, er det fordi, det er blevet opmærksom på værdier i sig selv, som er gået tabt. Det er disse værdier, der må løses op for, hvis ikke alt er forstenet." Filmen er optaget på 30 m ruller, og alle klippene er foretaget i kameraet, sådan at filmen udelukkende består af hele sekvenser, som er samlet til f.eks. denne rækkefølge. Filmen kunne efter behov forkortes eller forlænges uden dens idé derved ville gå tabt." Filmen indgår i videoantologien "Jørgen Leth på video".

    "Motion Picture" is an experimental film with and not about T.U., who is merely credited as "Example." The film may be viewed as a study of the nature of the medium and more specifically of the phenomena of framing, movement, and synchronicity of sound and picture. (Summary on IMDB.)

    Directed by Jørgen Leth & Ole John, filmed in Denmark and France, 1969, 20 minutes, in English.

    Two parts of "Motion Picture" are on YouTube: Part 1 is 15 minutes, 12 seconds, and Part 2 is 8:55.

    A new edit of clips from "Motion Picture" was made by Jørgen Leth's son Kristian for the 2009 music video for "Strange Habits" by the Swedish/Japanese indie band The Informations.

    Mikkel Frantzen writes about T.U. and Motion Picture in the essay, "Torben Ulrichs kropskrystal: Om tid, bevægelse og krop i Jørgen Leths Motion Picture" in the journal Krystalbilleder (No. 1, summer 2012).
     
     
    "Monument"

    A preliminary study for "Motion Picture", "Monument" is a 16mm black-and-white film of T.U. practicing at the Hellerup Idræts Klub (HIK) tennis courts north of Copenhagen in 1969. The film was run forward and backward through the camera at various speeds during the shooting, and combined with double exposure. It was screened mixed with Super-8 color shots of downtown Copenhagen and surrounding highways. The original Super-8 material has been lost; therefore, in 2007, Ole John video-reconstructed this paret from memory to be present the film in a form as close as possible to the original material.

    Directed by Ole John and Jørgen Leth, filmed in Denmark, 1969, 9 minutes.
     
     
    "Vi som går stjernevejen"

    Lis Holst ønsker brændende at blive skuespiller. Efter forgæves at have være til optagelsesprøve på et teater, beslutter hun at tage andre og skrappere midler i brug. Da direktøren sammen med teatrets forfatter er taget på landet, tager Lis med. Her opfører hun et mesterstykke i forklædninger. Da sandheden går op for teaterdirektøren og forfatteren, beslutter de sig for, at udnytte Lis, da teatrets primadonna har fået nykker. Lis bliver lovet en hovedrolle i næste forestilling, men så bliver primadonnaen rask og skal have sin rolle tilbage. (On IMDB.)

    (T.U. appears playing clarinet with the Blue Note Band (with Jørgen Ryg added
    on trumpet and John Darville instead of Povl Eriksen on trombone); the credit reads: "Torben Ulrich and his jazz group".)

    Directed by Johan Jacobsen, filmed in Denmark, 1956, 95 minutes, in Danish.