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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.

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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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Short | Comedy

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rider See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany

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Production Co:

Trans-Film See more »
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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 (Locked Up)
Written by Paul Outlaw, Rainer Frey and Horst Neff
Performed by Snow Blind Twilight Ferries
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Best Revenge Ever
8 February 2012 | by sashank_kini-1See all my reviews

After watching a few short films made by university students and some Oscar winning shorts, I have observed that the films that win acclaim mostly fix its entire scope on a singular event and generally elevate the movie to a level where one presumes he or she has guessed the ending only to be deceived with a climax that is highly unexpected yet totally believable and (forgive me for using this word but I still have the teenager in me) awesome!

When a black man is humiliated on a train for an extended period of time by an elderly woman and there is a supporting focus on a third character, we always tend to assume the third character comes to focus in the end. I had a feeling that the guy would suddenly face the woman and ask her to control herself. Or say the child sitting opposite would kick the lady. Or if the director goes for a Scary Movie ending, then all the passengers would get up and stab that hag to death. But the ending will be a surprise no one would have guessed.

The thing that fetched it the Oscar, apart from its plot, is the irony in the title. Not many movies have so cleverly named their film.

My Rating: 8 out of 10


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