Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet at Work on Franz Kafka's "Amerika"

1983 | 00:26:00 | Germany | English | Color | Stereo

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: European Film/Video, Experimental Film, Film or Videomaking, Photography

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"This film is at once a self-portrait and an homage to Jean-Marie Straub, Farocki's role model and former teacher. Farocki's admiration for Straub was so great that he said of Between Two Wars, Perhaps I only made this film to earn Straub's recognition."  In this observation-driven film, Farocki documents the fulfillment of his wish. The film shows Farocki, under Straub's direction, rehearsing for his role as Delamarche in the film Klassenverh√§ltnisse (1983). Anyone who has seen Farocki's documentary of the shoot will never forget these short scenes. The directing technique of Jean-Marie Straub and his wife Daniele Huillet is so repetitive and detail-obsessed that the performers are made to rehearse the scenes to the point of exhaustion. Straub manages his actors like a theater director. The very fact that it is unusual among filmmakers makes it well worth having captured Straub's working methods on film. Farocki filmed a work of resistance against traditional cinema, against which his own films rebel."

--Tilman Baumgärtel