Lichtspielkunstwerk und Sprachkunstwerk. Zur Funktion und Rolle des Films im oeuvre von Gerhard Roth

Translated title of the contribution: Use of lighting and language as art: the function and role of film in the oeuvre of Gerhard Roth

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This article examines the multi-layered interrelation between Gerhard Roth’s writing and film. It charts the corresponding relationship of his early books to their accompanying television documentaries. The main focus of this essay however is on the film adaptation of Stille Ozean (1980) and Landäufiger Tod (1984), the two major novels in his cycle Archive des Shweigens. Supplemented by a look at the two radically different adaptations of his volume of topographical essays on Vienna called Eine Reise in das Innere von Wien (1991), the article also provides a summary overview of the seven dramas written by Roth for Austrian television in the 1990s, some of which were directed by his son Thomas. Finally Roth's approach to the medium of film is being discussed by drawing on the 59 reviews he published between 1995 and 1997 as a film critic for the Austrian magazine NEWS.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)513-534
Number of pages22
JournalEtudes Germaniques
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Gerhard Roth
  • writing
  • film
  • books
  • television documentaries
  • film adaptation
  • Stille Ozean
  • Landäufiger Tod
  • Archive des Shweigens
  • Eine Reise in das Innere von Wien
  • Austrian television
  • 1990s
  • Roth
  • reviews

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