The Image In Question III

One night in April 1961, Leo T. Hurwitz, the American director in charge of the multichannel recordings of the trial of the Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann, secretly documented an extraordinary evening session of the Jerusalem court where the trial was proceeding. For the first time, the defendant was confronted with film of the concentration camps, death camps and the essay-film Nuit et Brouillard (Alain Resnais, 1956), the first documentary fiction of the Nazi concentration and extermination system. Hurwitzís unauthorized, silent, black and white footage focused on the gaze of the perpetrator rather than the counter shots of Nuit et Brouillard. Almost five decades later, in response to the French media controversy surrounding Eyal Sivanís film The Specialist, (1999) Chris Marker, Assistant Director on Nuit et Brouillard, downloaded Hurwitzís footage from the online Eichmann trial video archives and inserted the missing sound and counter shots from Nuit et Brouillard in order to assemble a digital intervention entitled Henchman Glance.
(Text adapted from Eyal Sivan, Tout est dans le Montage: Notes on Documentary Moments: Renaissance, Berlin Documentary Forum 1, 2010, p27)

Henchman Glance is presented in the UK for the first time. Following the screening, Eyal Sivan, Adrian Rifkin and The Otolith Group will discuss questions of observation, interrogation, witnessing, spectatorship, power, authority, montage and archive raised by Henchman Glance.

Adrian Rifkin is a Professor of Art Writing at the Goldsmiths University of London.

Eyal Sivan is a documentary film maker and associate professor of the MA program in Film, Video and New Media at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of East London (UEL). Eyal Sivan has directed more than ten films and publishes and lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, documentary filmmaking and ethics, political crimes and memory. [LINK:]

Still from Henchman's Glance
Courtesy of Chris Marker

Project Category
film and presentation

Eyal Sivan
Chris Marker
Hannah Arendt
Adrian Rifkin

Audio: The Otolith Group - Turner Prize Roundtable discussion: Eyal Sivan, Adrian Rifkin and The Otolith Group


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