a Film Installation by Martin Arnold
World Premiere: Kunsthalle Wien 2002

Austria // 2002 // 60 min


The avant-garde filmmaker Martin Arnold subjects a legendary American horror movie of 1941 to radical cinematographic surgery. Actors disappear thanks to digital technology, leaving the cinematic space to become the actual leading actor in a precise and absurdly comical new interpretation. Arnold transforms the original movie "The Invisible Ghost", in which a wife hypnotises her husband into a murder plot, into "Deanimated" - a study in the increasing disintegration of actor movies; at its close the camera's eye wanders through sets devoid of human life where the lights literally seem to have gone out.

Concept & Realisation

Martin Arnold

Digital Compositing & Modelling

George Basil, Harald Hund, Ruth Kaaserer, Matthias Meyer, Roland Seidel, Sofie Thorsen, Philipp Zaufel


Johann Neumeister, Peter Seher, Lisa Rozman

Supported by

Filmfonds Wien, Innovative Film Austria, Land NÖ Kultur


Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu



International Distribution

Gallery Martin Janda


Kunsthalle Wien A 2002
FACT Fact Center Liverpool GB 2003
Oldenburg D 2003
Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum A 2004
Cinematexas USA 2005