For their 35mm Materialfilme (1976), the Heins randomly spliced together a mix of color and black and white material taken from the header and footer of commercial films. The scratches, scribbles, hand-written and commercially printed numbers and dots that adorn such footage rush past the eye until they are replaced by images consisting only of washed-out colors or scratched black and white frames. The Heins acquired this material during their years as programmers and projectionists for various avant-garde and commercial film screenings. [...] Over the years, this watercolor paint had faded and cracked, and various blotches, scratches and other irregularities have scarred the surface of the filmstrip. In projection, these marks of the material enter into arbitrary rhythmic relationships with the movement of color and the interrupting flashes of white light. Continue reading
A family vacation sets the stage for an often uncomfortable generational battle. Krohmer constructs an unpredictable love triangle between Miriam (Martina Gedeck), a still-radiant forty-something mother and wife, her son’s 12-year-old girlfriend, Livia (Svea Lohde) and Bill (Robert Seeliger), the charming American expat in his twenties to whom both women find themselves drawn.
The characters who become enmeshed in the story are all reasonable, likable, exasperating, and appalling – and you are made to sense the horrifying moral vacuum that exists underneath their progressive assumptions of what it means to ‘be a good person. Continue reading
During the shooting of a jealousy scene on a soundstage, one actress is murdered. Due to the fact that the male star of the movie had a relation with the victim and the female star is now his fiance, he is suspected by the police. Written by Stephan Eichenberg
During the production of an early movie using not only pictures but also sound an actress is murdered. The arriving inspectors do not only have to get to know the circumstances of the crime but also the new conditions: how “sound-movies” are made, to solve the crime. Written by katharina_strehl public.uni-hamburg.de Continue reading
Life, Death, God, Salvation, Revolution? Those living in the abyss have left the worst behind. Dostoyevsky’s “Devils” takes place in the transition between religious belief and materialistic ideology, foreshadowing not only the approaching death of God, but also the collapse of socialism. Written in the 1860’s, the novel opens not only a philosophical panorama of different types of human quest for transcendence, but also establishes such fateful bonds among those involved in the quest that in the end only state terror can prevent widespread annihilation. Beauty and terror mate before dusk. Continue reading
The two happy fitters Eddy and Tommy are doing overtime to ensure the great travel-exhibition of the department store they work in is ready for display. Outside, they see a poor newspaper seller, who looks longingly at the beautiful things in the display window. So they simply decide to smuggle the unfortunate inside and compete to win her favor by giving her gifts from the shelves of the department store. In their frenzy of happiness, they don’t notice that the girl is taking the fun little game for the truth. When she realizes that she has to give back the alleged gifts, she runs away.
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Ingrid Jonker lived an impossible contradiction, writing heart-rending poetry about being a woman of privilege living under apartheid rule, all the while dealing with pressure from the head of the censorship board, a man who also happened to be her father. “Black Butterflies” is the story of how Jonker, a woman with unending sexual cravings and a noted mental imbalance, managed to cope with this dichotomy. In the opening, the least poetic of a number of unconvincing metaphors writ large, Jonker is saved from drowning by handsome publisher Jack Cope, an older gentleman who immediately falls for the leggy writer. What he doesn’t know is that her self-abuse, due to living under the rule of her oppressive, emotionally-abusive father, has fractured her personality. She is not the creator she becomes when she puts pen to paper, but rather a little girl seeking stimulation (which she chases in a number of unavailable men) and hoping for the approval of her father (an impossibility). Continue reading
Johannes proposes marriage to Jette in such an uncharming manner that she is scared off. One word follows the other and instead of falling into each others arms each says what they have been thinking for a long time. Jette used to think that Johannes’ spleen for cars including his white-blue, tuned race Trabbi was cute. But now she only sees the egoist who willingly takes bribe at his work as a car mechanic. Jette takes off to her friend and colleague Conny. They both work as hostesses in the television tower in Berlin. Even though they used to share the apartment, Jette’s visit does not come at a convenient time. Conny is expecting her new boyfriend Geert. So Jette goes to her brother Karl and his wife but this is not the ideal lodging either. Furniture, ornament wallpaper and a calorie chart above the kitchen table – the modern apartment reflects the deadlock of their marriage. Jette suddenly looks at her surroundings with different eyes. She spends much time thinking about her relationship to Johannes. But she seems open to a flirt with her old love Peter.
A colourful Berlin film with pop music, few clothes and atmospheric Berlin images: the Alexanderplatz, the Brandenburg Gate, crumbling buildings and backyards and modern apartment buildings. Director Rolf Römer does not miss several side blows on philistinism and overindulgence of alcohol. Nina Hagen has a rocking cameo as singer of the band Gruppe Stern-Combo Meissen. Continue reading