It is the bridge that causes both the landscape and the film itself to speak; the film follows the sequence of its procedures: turning, opening for the passing ship, turning again, closing for the passing train. The mechanics of the bridge become the grammar of the film. – Tom Holert, Richard Serra: Films and Videotapes, Kunstmuseum Basel (2017)
Steelmill/StahlwerkDirected by Richard Serra in collaboration with Clara Weyergraf.
Germany, 1979, 16mm, black & white, silent, 29 min.
Serra’s film about the production of his sculpture Berlin Block (for Charlie Chaplin) (1977) at the Henrichshütte Hattingen steelworks in the Ruhr Valley, begun roughly one year before the first major wave of strikes in the German steel industry since the war, combines conventions from documentary film, agitprop, black-and-white photographic studies and architectural film. – Tom Holert, Richard Serra: Films and Videotapes, Kunstmuseum Basel (2017)