Zeichen und Wunder (1982)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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In this mix of mythology (radiant light beams outward from the "European Patent Office" as the brilliant thinking that animates the content of the patent files finds a literal expression) and pure camp (television bloopers are created), the foibles of live television in Germany are sent up, including the less-than-trenchent observations of so-called television journalists. To add a little verisimilitude to the proceedings, the director, writer, and photographer Niklaus Schilling first shot his footage with a video camera, and then filmed it off a monitor - creating that pixel-dappled surface of flickering light that viewers will instantly identify as "television."