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Black Rider (1993)

Schwarzfahrer (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 4 March 1994 (USA)
A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally exacts his revenge.

Director:

Pepe Danquart

Writer:

Pepe Danquart
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Senta Moira Senta Moira ... Old Woman
Paul Outlaw Paul Outlaw ... Black Man
Stefan Merki Stefan Merki ... Biker
Klaus Tilsner Klaus Tilsner ... Controller
Andrea Katzenberger Andrea Katzenberger ... Mother
Mark Tiedemann Mark Tiedemann ... Child
Andreas Schmidt Andreas Schmidt ... Walkman
Mike Traynor Mike Traynor ... Business Man
Gottfried Mischke Gottfried Mischke ... Business Man
Ursula Schlecht Ursula Schlecht ... Business Woman
Ali Atmaca Ali Atmaca ... Teenager
Zozan Atmaca Zozan Atmaca ... Teenager
Erjin Sari Erjin Sari ... Teenager
Ursula Trauvetter Ursula Trauvetter ... Teenager
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Storyline

An ordinary morning commute on a tram in Berlin will become the setting of an unforeseen racial abuse when, out of the blue, a seemingly kind and sweet old lady launches an all-out attack on the poor black guy who sits next to her. Spewing hatred about stereotypes and the usual favourite topics of immigration, unemployment and the overall white supremacy, this ugly scene of verbal violence which takes place before an uninvolving and deafeningly silent group of commuters, will highlight society's numbness, desensitisation, and silent concurrence to all things violent. However, much to the lady's surprise, the black commuter still hasn't said his last word yet. Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rider See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany

Company Credits

Production Co:

Trans-Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This short film is inspired from a Norwegian commercial promoting the monthly ticket available from Oslo's public transport system written by Lasse Åberg, a Swedish comedian. Åberg also got inspiration from the urban legend "The Eaten Ticket" that first appeared in Denmark in the 1980's and soon spread to neighboring countries. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Black Man: Is this seat taken?
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Connections

Edited into Short Cinema Journal 1:1 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep All The Sunshine
Performed by Snow Blind Twilight Ferries.
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It turns on an interest to watching short films again.
8 January 2008 | by loveforhumanSee all my reviews

As a producer, director, and writer I tend to watch things the first time without attaching my expert cynicisms. I leave that for the second viewing. This film deserves a watch, and a purchase to your permanent collection of short films.

And if your new to shorts this will set your benchmark very high for quality of story; which makes up for about 95% of a films quality, especially for the lack of originality the industry suffers from.

Finally, the production quality in the very first shot is very deceptive in that it requires patience for researchers of the art and craft such as myself.


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