Germania's Philological Birthplace
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The futility of one professor's life
Sie kennen sich leider viel zu gut, Suchen sich jetzt zu vermeiden. Translation s : ENG List of language codes. You can imagine the urges that drove Kluge into television. It must have been frustrating for him to have to stockpile his wildly proliferating ideas and fillet them down to one feature film every couple of years. The rapid turnover of television production allows the ideas to come thick and fast, without having to worry about larger-scale unities. The cost, however, is the finesse and formal beauty of his feature work. Soviet Patriots of is another artful collage construction, inspired by the story of Kiev firefighters who went back through the advancing German lines to save their city.
He ended up buying an overpriced llama-wool blanket and marvels at how this mild capitalist scam worked.
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Maybe the GDR could use this as a model for their brave new world. At times too highly engaged, it might be accused, and occasionally his subjects have difficulty either keeping up with his enthusiastic leaps or dealing with his finishing of their sentences. The Kluge interview film also becomes a source of self-parody, in the form of the many faux-interviews with historic or invented subjects, of which more anon.
The ones he conducts with Peter Berling as general, astronaut, scientist etc. The introductions and framework are standardised, even down to the scrolling text and title and intertitle fonts, and the majority of the interviews continue through the end credits, demonstrating that the television programme has been artificially constructed to meet standard television run times. You can see this in the interview with Japanese filmmaker Mika Ninagawa in Megastars of the Art of Love and in First Music, Then the Word , where the translator is Proust scholar Ulrike Sprenger, herself the subject expert of other Kluge films e.
Extended two-shots of expert and translator also figure in Spinoza and the Modes of God , with Kluge sometimes lingering on the translator Alexandra Geese or panning back and forth to capture the subtleties of the interchange between her and Stefano Bonaga. In London, zoo animals were shot at the beginning of the Blitz, but in Dresden the zoo staff were unable to bring themselves to do this. Alternatively, Kluge reads the relevant accounts while footage of rampaging animals and flames plays behind him. This is not an interview film, but a collage one, and Kluge layers contemporary footage of elephant races, texts, African music and the Edison footage itself at times extremely distorted.
Probably more remarkable is his ability to engage just as intently and enthusiastically with experts of a much humbler order. Stepping back, however, you notice their idiosyncracies. Although the content of the films is often political, or politicizable, the films themselves are not really political or polemic.
He presents material that can become a part of wider debates in the culture rather than trying to synthesize and manipulate those debates within a commercial half hour. This approach is consistent with the collage approach of many of his features: juxtaposition without tendentiousness though he made notable exceptions for his politically-driven collaborative features. The results can be pretty funny and even, when the two of them get launched into a spiral of outrageous vamping, awe-inspiring. Who will win?
Hans-Erich Bugelsack even more earnest : The combat swimmer. The Bridge-Crosser features Schneider as unemployed Fred Peickert, who speaks in serious tones of the need for new occupations to replace obsolete ones. But perhaps the ultimate example of ludicrous improv is Borderline Cases of Damage Control , in which Berling plays Ralph-Igor Muller-Reitwein, an insurance agent specialising in insuring aeroplanes against the impact of space junk crashing to earth.
Even though the chance of impact is infinitesimal, how many such incidents can we expect over the next 30 million years? How much more valuable would a planeload of Londoners be than a planeload of Bangladeshis? What about a planeload of billionaires? If I was an explorer and I got food poisoning from eating raw polar bear meat, would I be covered?
The great pleasure of this film is watching Berling patiently swatting away each increasingly insane scenario. Even in True Love on the Front , the female spies are played by a female impersonator, Lilo Wanders. His narrative filmmaking has, however, undergone a radical transformation away from filmic or theatrical modes of drama and towards text as the primary delivery mechanism. Thus his latter-day narratives tend to be short and fragmentary and this was already becoming the case with his post- Strongman Ferdinand features and delivered through on-screen text punctuated with stills or found footage.
Happy Easter is a good example.
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The form is also applicable to documentary and non-narrative subjects. Kluge goes a little further towards dramatised narratives in a handful of instances, all of them involving sex, and all involving the same couple Mario Morleo and Annalisa Maggiani having sex. One of the best examples can be found on the Headless Man disc. The common thread is of morbid historical stories, many of them presented in ballad form. Some are read out by Kluge to camera as nightmare-inducing bedtime stories, some are narrated through illustrative intertitles punctuated or not with period illustrations. Stop, Stranger and Read is another compilation of morbidity, taking a text on epitaphs as its starting point but incorporating a nifty array of bizarre and nasty death stories an American child shot by his 3-year-old brother, a hunter shot by his dog, a mass shark attack on a lone swimmer.
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- Annie (Overture);
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Ulrike Sprenger reflects on the power of such legends, traditional and contemporary. Within the Opera disc are three compilations of various lengths that collate and fillet closely related films e. The second disc of The Power of Emotion set includes an actual theatrical programme of the television works, presented at the Serpentine Gallery in A couple of the films, Cold Death Interrupts Love , another catalogue of tales of death and disaster and He Who Hopes, Dies Singing , miscellaneous gloomy news items accompanied by cheery Banda music , would actually fit snugly into the Headless Man programme.
There are no straight interviews. It ranges widely, taking in extracts from straight interviews e. The compilations included on the opera disc are much more straightforward, and tend to keep their component parts more integral, even down to the retention of original titles.
- Cancer Patients, Cancer Pathways: Historical and Sociological Perspectives (Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History).
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- Bitten by Desire (Mills & Boon Historical Undone).
- JOB OPENING.
- THE YIELDING: A Medieval Romance (Age of Faith Book 2)!
There remain, however, a handful of films which take those formats specifically the found-footage collage and create, with rather basic digital tools, something aesthetically singular out of them. A Swedish Mozart , with a young pianist playing the piano with thunder and lightning in the background, a shot that would be repeated in A Woman Like a Volcano , superimpositions and on-screen texts.
A third batch of minute films were made in , under the title The Gentle Cosmetics of Light. First off is Reading News with Music , which sets the pattern. Hannelore Hoger sits in a chair in the studio as the lighting is arranged around her and the camera eases its way in. Each film has bold musical accompaniment. Next up is The Gentle Cosmetics of Light : the same thing with different music and no newspaper. These shorts are studies in colour and texture as much as in light, and Berling wears a brilliant scarlet shirt and panama hat and is smoking.
Debut presents a third model, Sophie Kluge, while The Star with a Cold brings back a histrionically ailing Hoger, ending up with a close-up on her blocked head. Don't worry, I'm running out of films. Filming Film Unsurprisingly, Kluge seems to have made a number of films about film, though only a handful are represented in the Filmmuseum set. Godard does offer a little insight on his earlier films, discussing his least favoured films as the ones that could stand to be cut down to shorts, and we get quite a nice appraisal of one of his favourite films, Germany Year 90 Nine Zero.
There are a few other one-on-one interviews with the directors or actors of current films. Apparently Vertov was quite vocal with Eisenstein about how the task should be tackled. Here, Kluge and Negt share the frame, appearing in full body shots seated at a table in a library. No close-ups or talking heads, and in the window behind them Eisensteinian fragments of intensive montage some from High on Work flicker compusively.
Because the rest of the image is simply two guys talking, your eye is continually drawn to the small frame of visual hyperactivity in the background centre. Alfred Edel appears as one of the slapstick scientists charged with curing the cough and footage from The Power of Emotion the fireman in the opera house is also used. Not artificially created, but historically documented by Abbot Albert. We want to develop the path further with respect for the hosts, pilgrims, landscapes, needs and beliefs. This post is also available in: German.