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Der Mann von Schwarz und Weiss
Christine Kopp, Christoph Frutiger
The Man of Black and White
Adrian Frutiger is one of the most important type designers of our time: The Swiss, born on 24 May 1928 in Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland and now living in Berne after over 40 years in Paris, has created more than thirty fonts, including the world-famous Méridien, Univers and Frutiger type families. Frutiger has worked for IBM and type manufacturers such as Linotype and Westiform, and designed logos and signage systems. Corporations like the Swiss Post Office have adopted his fonts. Less well-known are his freely conceived works in which the designer gave wonderful expression to his desire for pictorial representations which convey more than words.
This film is a straightforward, sensitive portrait of the designer and his work. It presents Adrian Frutiger's extraordinary achievements in a new way, giving prominence to him and his relationship to nature which influenced him all his life. The cinematography in high definition by the cameraman Christoph Frutiger is accompanied by the script by the journalist Christine Kopp who codirected the film with him. Photographs by the well-known Swiss cameraman Pio Corradi and old filmfootage add to the very personal portrait. The music was mostly composed by Hanery Amman, nota bene one of Switzerland's best-known songwriters whose work has won several Gold and Platinum Records. Like Adrian and his nephew Christoph Frutiger, he comes from Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland. The landscape shooting by Christoph Frutiger in the film is also from this region.
Christine Kopp was born in Berne on 15 January 1967 and lives in Lecco in Northern Italy. After qualifying as a translator she in 1991 began her career as a freelance translator, journalist and editor. She has specialized in mountaineering and tourism issues and so far translated nine books from Italian and French. Since 1994 she has been the editor responsible for the pages about mountaineering of the well-known Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Christoph Frutiger was born on 9 April 1965 in Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland where he lives with his wife and the two daughters. After having become a teacher, he underwent further training to qualify as a cameraman in New York. Thereafter he worked as an assistant cameraman in New York, in the Bavaria Studios of Munich and in Switzerland. After that he began his work as a freelance cameraman. Amongst other things, Christoph Frutiger works for television channels in Switzerland and other countries. As second unit he has been involved in two Bond films and "Band of Brothers" by Steven Spielberg. In addition, he produces commercials and documentary films. In the past few years he has contributed to several large screen productions for the Mystery Park at Interlaken.
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Price: 35.00 CHF
Adrian Frutiger (Adrian Frutiger. The Man of Black and White)
CH 2005 47'
Director: Christine Kopp, Christoph Frutiger
Script: Christine Kopp
Camera: Christoph Frutiger
Editing: Christoph Frutiger
Musik: Hanery Amman