BIOFILMOGRAPHICAL INTERVIEW: ERNEST GREGL
The Importance of Being Earnest
With the introductory text, the author
points out the multifaceted personality of Ernest Gregl
who, during his lifetime, affirmed himself in many areas
of film production as a director of photography, special
effects cinematographer, special effects animator, film
technician, technologist, innovator, restorer, director,
a titles and credits creator, lecturer and associate for
the Film Encyclopedia, and, in every one of those fields,
he achieved startling innovations and results.
also stresses Gregl’s quiet persistence and unassuming
ability to, in a vitalistic manner, outlive the numerous
changes in the cinematic system like a Dorian Gray, who
constantly replenishes himself and experiences film with
every pore, ready to, at a moment’s notice, take the places
of those that are missing in a film crew.
The introductory text is followed by conversations with E.
Gregl, Z. Berković, R. Ivančević, M. Blažeković, Lj. Njerš
and A. Peterlić about the experience of working on the realization
of films with him. The text concludes with a conversation
between Petar Krelja and Ernest Gregl, in which Gregl talks
about his work, the innovations he made while solving certain
cinematography problems, and about the creation of his documentary
film Između gline i vatre (Between Clay and Fire).