The Count of Days
Cast: Stefan Sadowski and others
Text: Fragments from “Petermann verliess den Hinterhof” by Stefan Sadkowski
Filmed in Switzerland (Zürich)
Note: The final edit includes part of Early Monthly Segments on the same reel
First Public Screening: Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna, 21 May 1996
Original Version: The Count of Days, 1969, 16mm film, colour, sound, 43 minutes
First Public Screening: XVIII Int. Film Festival Mannheim, October 1969
Projection copies preserved in La Cinémathèque Suisse, Lausanne, Study Collection of Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Australia National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra.
The film is seen as though upon and through the structure of its spiritual partitions. One might say that there are three elements or levels to the images: narrative, descriptive or analytic, and abstract. The Count of Days is not an account so much as an accounting of the essence of the days in which three separate persons are related at points … a penetration through the masks and habits of these days to reveal the nature of the charade and the arena in which it is enacted.
(Tom Chomont, Film Culture)