Live Soundtrack: Oaïstern | Offscreen
Since 2012, the Oaïstern collective from Marseille has been helping an early 20th century genre of now forgotten cinema come back to life: the first European westerns, the baguetti western, if you will. Jean "Joë" Hamman discovered Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show on a trip to the US. He came back with his eyes full of images – the same images which lie at the roots of the Far West mythology and which have characterised the genre until today. Though these films never portrayed the daily concerns of cowherders, audiences weren't looking for realism either. In cinema, Hamman found his ideal niche. Using costumes that he brought back with him, and with the vast landscapes of Camargue as the background, Joë made several short films from 1907 onwards, some of which are directed by Gaumont's Jean Durand: "Pendaison à Jefferson City", "Le railway de la mort", "Cent Dollars mort ou vif"... His films were met with resounding success both in Europe and in the US, but the war put an end to his career. For this special screening, each film is accompanied by different live bands, and the Indiens de la Plaine-Marseille will recreate the authentic atmosphere!
Come discover a forgotten genre of cinema which was a favourite in the 1910s: the baguetti western. The Oaïstern collective from Marseille dusts off the first European westerns, shot in the Camargue, which will be accompanied live in an authentic atmosphere recreated by the Indiens de la Plaine.