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International Short and Medium-Length Competition

A Model Family in a Model Home Zoe Beloff

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The starting point for this unusual film is an American film production by Bertolt Brecht, inspired by an article in Life magazine. Shortly after arriving in the United States in 1941, the famous writer and playwright was fascinated by a report on the daily lives of a family of “model” farmers who had been invited to live in a “model” home open to the public 12 hours a day. Using a playful hybrid form combining recordings of Brecht’s testimony before the infamous McCarthy Commission, re- enactments using puppets and drawings, period photographs and home movies, Zoe Beloff exposes a little-known period in Brecht’s career and brilliantly explodes the myth of the American Way of Life, up to the recent real estate bubble.

A Model Family in a Model Home

  • Country : United States
  • Year : 2015
  • V.O : English
  • Duration : 21 MIN
  • Cinematography : Eric Muzzy
  • Editing : Zoe Beloff
  • Production : Zoe Beloff
  • Sound Design : Zoe Beloff
Filmography of Zoe Beloff :

A Model Family in a Model Home (2015)
Two Marxists in Hollywood (2015)
Glass House (2014)
The Days of the Commune (2012)
The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society: Dream Films (2009)
Charming Augustine (2005)
Claire and Don in Slumberland (2002)
Shadow Land or Light from the Other Side (2000)
A Mechanical Medium (1999)
Lost (1995)
A Trip to the Land of Knowledge (1994),
Wonderland (1991)
Nightmare Angel (1986)

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