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Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Art of Bodybuilding (Babeth van Loo, 1977-2019)

Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Art of Bodybuilding

Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Art of Bodybuilding is a new work made by Babeth VanLoo in collaboration with Eye, consisting of unprocessed, original 16mm material which she shot during the Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding contest in the 1970s. VanLoo filmed Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Mister Universe, around 1975/1976. In her art installation Sculpting the Body she presented him as a living work of art: some of the poses were reminiscent of Rodin’s The Thinker. This art installation is unfortunately lost, but the original recordings have been used for a new cut. In this new film we see footage of an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger by Raymond Mondini, recorded just after the Mr Olympia competition in 1976, combined with footage from the competition itself. Because of the sound of the recording is not synchronized with the image, the text of the interview has been visualized on screen.

8'20" / HD File / colour and black&white / sound

Prod: Babeth Van Loo  
Scen: Babeth Van Loo
Country: The Netherlands, US 
Completed: 1977-2019
Language: English
Screening format: HD File

Festival selections: 
International Film festival Rotterdam 2020 (Nominated for Found Footage Award), IndieLisboa 2020 (Silvestre Competition), International Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund 2020, BCN Sports Film Festival Barcelona 2020; Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg 2020 (International Competition); FILMETS Badalona Film Festival 2020 

Babeth van Loo:
(Selection) Zen and the Art of Peacemaking: Kazuaki Tanahasi (NL, Babeth VanLoo, 2014, feature); Traditional and western buddhism (NL, Babeth VanLoo, 2001, short);
Lydia Lunch: Daughter of darkness (NL, Babeth VanLoo, 1998, short);  Beyond Ordinary Action (NL, Babeth VanLoo, 1982, short); Balls on the Line : Hommage à Joseph Beuys (NL, Babeth VanLoo, 1976, short); Andy Warhol's Unfinished Symphony (NL, Babeth VanLoo, 1975, short)

Distributor: EYE Experimental

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