Bódy Gábor

Person Type:
person
Life Span:
1946 – 1985
Country of Birth:
Hungary
Biography:
Born in Budapest. Studied philosophy and history at the Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE), Budapest (1964/71), thesis title: ’The Investigation into the meaning structures of film: The attribution of film making.’ Even as a student, he writes screen plays and participates in filmmaking (‘Agitators’, 1969, directed by Dezső Magyar). His makes his debut in 1971 (‘The Third’), at which point he becomes a member of the Béla Balázs Studio (BBS). He studies film and stage directing at the Academy of Theatre and Film from 1971 to 1975. He gives his first lectures on ’Film as a Language‘ in 1972 (later he lectures on this topic at ELTE in Budapest and Kossuth Lajos University in Debrecen). In 1973, he organizes the ‘on ‘Film Language Series’ at the BBS, for which he invites visual artists, musicians, and wrtiers. It is in the framework of this projejct that he shoots the ’Four Bagatelles’ (DP László Vidovszky, composer), which is then also shown in Amsterdam (1979) and Geneva (1980). His thesis film ‘American Torso’ (1976) wins the Grand Prize for best new filmmaker at the 25th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg and afterwards the Hungarian Film Critics prize for best first film. In 1978, he is invited to give a lecture at the Edinburgh Film Festival with the title ’Total Expanded Cinema.’ (‘Infinite Image and Reflection,’ on which the Edinburgh lecture was based, had already been presented at the 1973 Semiotics Conference in Tihany.) His film Narcissus and Psyche (1980) wins numerous prizes (special prize at the Hungarian Feature Film Festival, 1981; Cannes, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs; Locarno, Bronze Leopard; Figuera da Foz, CIDALC prize). In 1980, he initiates the first international video magazine INFERMENTAL (10+1 volumes). He holds seminars at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB, 1982, 1983, 1985). He has a retrospective exhibition at the DAAD Gallery, Berlin in 1983. Following his early death (1985), his work is recognized by numerous awards and his oeuvre is presented at various festivals. In addition to the above mentioned achievements, he also made television dramas (‘Chalk Circle’, 1978), so called ’document analysis‘ (‘Private History’, 1978), and video works in various genres (‘Der Dämon in Berlin’, 1982; ‘De occulta philosophia’, 1983). (2011)
Creator
 
STILL TITLE TYPE CREATION DATE
still Conversation between East and West video art
1978
still Dancing Eurynome video art
1985
still De occulta philosophia (1st version) video art
1983
still De occulta philosophia (2nd version) video art
1984
still Either/Or in Chinatown video art
1984
still Novalis: Walzer video art
1985
still Philo-Mytho-Lyric Clips video art
1984
still Siblings video art
1982
still The Demon in Berlin video art
1982
still The Hostage video art
1982
still Theory of Cosmetics 1984
Publisher
 
STILL TITLE TYPE CREATION DATE
still Theory of Cosmetics video art
1984
Organizer
 
STILL TITLE TYPE CREATION DATE
still Infermental video magazine
1980 - 1991