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Under en mask
Gunnar Hyllienmark

In Behind Walls (1950) Gunnar Hyllienmark described a young man imprisoned by his studies. He returns once more to the same theme in Under a Mask (1951), which focuses on the neurotic, unbalanced and compulsive state of a student, surrounded by piles of books and cigarettes. His fear of failing his yearning for liberation has induced an anxiety-ridden state of conflict, here depicted in something reminiscent of a dream collage.

Keywords Experimental
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic film
Duration 00:04:00
Color BW
Year 1951
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About the artist

Born in 1927.

He went to school together with Åke Danneberg, who had access to a cinecamera and suggested they would make films together. In this way Gunnar Hyllienmark became a filmmaker. The technical resources were limited, but influenced by filmmakers such as Maya Deren, Sergei Eisenstein and the English filmmakers at General Post Office, their ambition was to create a poetic imagery, where the depiction of life became symbolic. Gunnar Hyllienmark’s first film Behind Walls was made in 1950. Åke Danneberg was the photographer, as in all Gunnar Hyllienmark’s subsequent films. After 1961 Gunnar Hyllienmark has not dedicated any time to filmmaking. He studied to become a psychologist instead and has since 1964 been working in Stockholm, Gävle and Umeå.