Hans-Jürgen Syberberg – Hitler – ein Film aus Deutschland AKA Hitler: A Film from Germany (1978)

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The third and longest part of Syberberg’s extraordinary trilogy on German culture, history and nationalism (the two earlier films were Ludwig – Requiem for a Virgin King and Karl May), best described as a high camp, heavy-duty analysis of both history and historical analysis itself. The chosen method is to single out, act out, alter, and finally comment on the lives of a handful of ‘awkward’ German historical figures, from Ludwig of Bavaria through fantasy author Karl May to Hitler, the ‘madman’. Behind aesthetic complexity lies a simple purpose: to show up the sort of historical contradictions solved by Marxists with bare economic models, and by others with suspect reference to the ‘greatness’ or ‘madness’ of the figures involved. Visually lyrical, the style is eclectic to the point of hysteria; and the tone oscillates between the operatic (Wagner figures large) and the colloquial (Hitler in conversation with his projectionist) without ever quite coming unstuck. Humour mixes with mythology and analysis in the attempt to reunite art, history and ideology. It’s a quite remarkable film, with a sense of metaphor equal to its intellectual courage. Continue reading

Hans-Jürgen Syberberg – Parsifal, Act 1 (1982)

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Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. It is loosely based on Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, the medieval (13th century) epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival (Percival) and his quest for The Holy Grail. In Wagner’s opera the hero Parsifal recovers the spear used to pierce Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. Wagner first conceived the work in April 1857 but it was not completed until twenty-five years later. The first production was in Bayreuth in 1882. Wagner preferred to describe Parsifal not as an opera, but as “ein Bühnenweihfestspiel” – “A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage”.

Place: Spain: The castle of Monsalvat and Klingsor’s magic palace.
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Hans-Jürgen Syberberg – Parsifal, Act 2 (1982)

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Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. It is loosely based on Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, the medieval (13th century) epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival (Percival) and his quest for The Holy Grail. In Wagner’s opera the hero Parsifal recovers the spear used to pierce Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. Wagner first conceived the work in April 1857 but it was not completed until twenty-five years later. The first production was in Bayreuth in 1882. Wagner preferred to describe Parsifal not as an opera, but as “ein Bühnenweihfestspiel” – “A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage”.

Place: Spain: The castle of Monsalvat and Klingsor’s magic palace. Continue reading

Hans-Jürgen Syberberg – Parsifal, Act 3 (1982)

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Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. It is loosely based on Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, the medieval (13th century) epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival (Percival) and his quest for The Holy Grail. In Wagner’s opera the hero Parsifal recovers the spear used to pierce Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. Wagner first conceived the work in April 1857 but it was not completed until twenty-five years later. The first production was in Bayreuth in 1882. Wagner preferred to describe Parsifal not as an opera, but as “ein Bühnenweihfestspiel” – “A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage”.

Place: Spain: The castle of Monsalvat and Klingsor’s magic palace. Continue reading