Alexander Kluge in Prague is a series of film screenings by the prominent writer, director and producer. The Academy of Fine Arts Prague will introduce the author’s film works in a three-days programme.
Alexander Kluge made his first feature film in 1966 Yesterday Girl (Abschied von gestern) which was awarded with the Silver Lion in Venice. This is considered the birth of the New German Cinema. Work by the other representatives of the New Cinema, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog gradually found recognition later on. Their works made German cinema into an international brand, however Kluge is considered the most radical of all of them.
The director is convinced that cinema had taken a wrong turn at its very beginning. He sees narrative based works as suppressing the viewer’s imagination. As a contrast to these works, his more fragmented works are based on one event, experience or insight evoke a loose association for his audience.
Kluge’s practice of film essays is a parallel to the Neo-Marxist Frankfurt School, which examined broader social implications of culture in the contemporary society since 1950s; where Alexander Kluge met the German philosopher and music theorist Theodor W. Adorno. Kluge’s work embodies research into culture. He deciphers elements of culture and through epic dialogue he develops theoretical frameworks as the topics of his research.
Kluge examines possibilities of the alternative thought about the way we live. He asks for different readings of history.
|Short Films (Kurzfilme)|
1960: Brutality in Stone, 12 min
1961: Race, 9 min.
1963: Transcription of a Revolution, 12 min.
1970: A Doctor from Halberstadt, 29 min.
1977: News of the Stauffers, 13 min, 11 min.
1983: Looking for a Practical and Realistic Behaviour, 11min.
|In Danger and Deep Distress, the Middleway Spells Certain Death (In Gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod)|
Alexander Kluge never ceased to provoke viewers by playing with film form and content. In Danger and Deep Distress combines documentary and fiction to paint a “nightmarish picture of life in the contemporary ...
|The Power of Emotion (Die Macht der Gefühle)|
The Power of Emotion explains that emotion isn’t to be confused with sentimentality. Emotion is ancient and more powerful than any art form. The film looks at young couples who run into difficulties as they try to ...
|News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx–Eisenstein–Das Kapital (Nachrichten aus der ideologischen Antike. Marx–Eisenstein–Das Kapital)|
Kluge’s News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx-Eisenstein-Das Kapital focuses on a plan envisaged by the great Russian director Sergei Eisenstein, that never got off the ground. In 1927, he had ...
|Miscellaneous News (Vermischte Nachrichten)|
The Power of Emotion explains that emotion isn’t to be confused with sentimentality. Emotion is ancient and more powerful than any art form. The film looks at young couples who run into difficulties as they try ...
Fruits of Trust (Früchte des Vertrauens)
The financial crises, Adam Smith, Keynes, Marx and ourselves: what can we rely on? In his new project Alexander Kluge examines close relations of systems and damage by the financial crisis. What can’t be bought for ...
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