DIE MACHT DER GEFÜHL

by Alexander Kluge
DIE MACHT DER GEFÜHL - LA FORZA DEI SENTIMENTI

Informations

Nation: Germany

Year: 1983

Length: 112'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Fifteen paintings, fifteen fragments of fictional films arranged like moments of a documentary set behind the scenes of an opera house; fragments of movies in the history of German cinema and images of cultural and political figures from the time come together in a reflection on melodrama, its roots, and its way of conveying feelings as a form of representation of power.

Director

Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge (Halberstadt, Germany, 1932) is a film director, writer, and philosopher. He studied under Adorno at the Frankfurt School, he worked as Fritz Lang’s assistant in The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959), and he was one of the signatories of the Oberhausen Manifesto of 1962 that created New German Cinema. He made his directorial debut in 1966 with Yesterday Girl, winning the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, which he followed two years with a Golden Lion later for Artists under the Big Top: Perplexed (1968). In 2008, the Berlin Film Festival awarded him the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievements. He wrote several books and influenced major authors like Enzensberger and Sebald. The Italian published L’Orma Editore published his anthology Antico come la luce - Storie del cinema.

Filmography:
Abschied von Gestern (La ragazza senza storia / Yesterday Girl, 1966), Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos (Artisti sotto la tenda del circo: perplessi / Artists under the Big Top: Perplexed, 1968), Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin (Le occupazioni occasionali di una schiava / Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave, 1973), In Gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod (Quando un grave pericolo è alle porte le vie di mezzo portano alla morte / In Danger and Dire Distress the Middle of the Road Leads to Death, 1974), Der starke Ferdinand (Ferdinando il duro / Strongman Ferdinand, 1976), Die Patriotin (The Patriotic Woman, 1979), Der Kandidat (The Candidate, doc., 1980), Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die übrige Zeit (The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time, 1985), Vermischte Nachrichten (Notizie varie / Miscellaneous News, 1986), Happy Lamento (2018).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura, produttore/director, screenplay, producer
Alexander Kluge
fotografia/cinematography
Werner Luring, Thomas Mauch
montaggio/film editing
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
interpreti/cast
Edgar Boehlke, Wilfried Elste, Hannelore Hoger, Beate Holle, Uwe Karsten Koch, Alexander Kluge, Ewald Orf, Erwin Scherschel, Klaus Wennemann, Ruth Wollwnschlegel
produzione/production
Kairos Film

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contatti/contacts
Goethe-Institut
www.goethe.de

Director statement

“I believe that, in the end, it is feelings that affect everything in our world, that move everything, yet these feelings have no institutional power. They pervade us. You just can’t see them.”

Synopsis Learn more

Fifteen paintings, fifteen fragments of fictional films arranged like moments of a documentary set behind the scenes of an opera house; fragments of movies in the history of German cinema and images of cultural and political figures from the time come together in a reflection on melodrama, its roots, and its way of conveying feelings as a form of representation of power.

Director All about direction

Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge (Halberstadt, Germany, 1932) is a film director, writer, and philosopher. He studied under Adorno at the Frankfurt School, he worked as Fritz Lang’s assistant in The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959), and he was one of the signatories of the Oberhausen Manifesto of 1962 that created New German Cinema. He made his directorial debut in 1966 with Yesterday Girl, winning the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, which he followed two years with a Golden Lion later for Artists under the Big Top: Perplexed (1968). In 2008, the Berlin Film Festival awarded him the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievements. He wrote several books and influenced major authors like Enzensberger and Sebald. The Italian published L’Orma Editore published his anthology Antico come la luce - Storie del cinema.

Filmography:
Abschied von Gestern (La ragazza senza storia / Yesterday Girl, 1966), Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos (Artisti sotto la tenda del circo: perplessi / Artists under the Big Top: Perplexed, 1968), Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin (Le occupazioni occasionali di una schiava / Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave, 1973), In Gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod (Quando un grave pericolo è alle porte le vie di mezzo portano alla morte / In Danger and Dire Distress the Middle of the Road Leads to Death, 1974), Der starke Ferdinand (Ferdinando il duro / Strongman Ferdinand, 1976), Die Patriotin (The Patriotic Woman, 1979), Der Kandidat (The Candidate, doc., 1980), Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die übrige Zeit (The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time, 1985), Vermischte Nachrichten (Notizie varie / Miscellaneous News, 1986), Happy Lamento (2018).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura, produttore/director, screenplay, producer
Alexander Kluge
fotografia/cinematography
Werner Luring, Thomas Mauch
montaggio/film editing
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
interpreti/cast
Edgar Boehlke, Wilfried Elste, Hannelore Hoger, Beate Holle, Uwe Karsten Koch, Alexander Kluge, Ewald Orf, Erwin Scherschel, Klaus Wennemann, Ruth Wollwnschlegel
produzione/production
Kairos Film

**
contatti/contacts
Goethe-Institut
www.goethe.de

Director statement Read more

“I believe that, in the end, it is feelings that affect everything in our world, that move everything, yet these feelings have no institutional power. They pervade us. You just can’t see them.”