Volker Schlöndorff1971-1980Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtArthouseDramaGermany

Volker Schlöndorff – Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach AKA The Sudden Wealth of Poor People of Kombach (1971)

From Amos Vogel’s Film as a Subversive Art:
An excellent example of a particularly interesting new genre of young German cinema; bizarre, deadly serious variations on the reactionary German “Heimat” films of yore – those insufferable, sentimental “kitsch” prosodies to Fatherland, Soil, and Family. This fully realized work effectively upsets this tradition by recounting a tale of oppressed 19th-century German peasants who become rebels against the state out of poverty, revealing (instead of romanticizing) the brutal degradation of German rural life at the time. Particularly audacious is the presence of an itinerant Jew peddler as mastermind (!) of the conspiracy, predictably leading to (unfounded) charges of anti-semitism against a young director who has dared to reintroduce the Jew into German dramaturgy.

1.58GB | 1h 34m | 762×572 | mkv



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