Film Restored – screening ‘Tally Brown, New York’Back to calendar
Screening ‘Tally Brown, New York’, FRG, 1979, directed by Rosa von Praunheim
Original format: 16 mm, 1:1,37, Farbe
Screening print: DCP, 99 min, Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin
In this documentary, Rosa von Praunheim takes the audience on a voyage into the New York underground scene of the 1970s, where singer Tally Brown was a star, interpreting songs by David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Kurt Weill with melancholy fervor. Her audiences and friends included icons of the trans- gender scene like Holly Woodlawn and Divine. The film uses both intimate close-ups of Brown, whose critics called her “fat and ugly”, and traveling shots through the New York dusk, with its porn shops, snack bars, businesspeople, and society’s marginalized. After its premiere in the city, ‘The Village Voice’ called it one of the best documentaries ever made about New York.
The digital restoration was done using a 16mm reverse negative for picture, and a 16mm optical mixed track for the English audio and, for the German, 16mm sound from a version aired by broadcaster WDR. The 2022 2K digitization and restoration were done by the Post Group as part of the film heritage subsidy program FFE.
Introduction: Rosa von Praunheim
→ Tickets: 8,50 €