18/05/2012

18:00 – The Power of Emotion (Die Macht der Gefühle)
Format: 35 mm. Black & White and Color. 115 min.
The Power of Emotion – West Germany 1983. Directed and written by: Alexander Kluge. Cinematography by: Werner Lüring, Thomas Mauch. Edited by: Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus. Cast: Hannelore Hoger, Edgar Boehlke, Klaus Wennemann, Erwin Scherschel, Beate Holle, Suzanne von Borsody, Paulus Manker, Barbara Auer. Produced by: Kairos-Film, Munich. Czech subtitles.

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 translate their experiences of love into clear decision-making. A woman who has shot her husband provides a judge with a puzzle. Those who love can bring the dead back to life by means of co-operation. That’s the focus of the opera, The Power Plant of Emotions and the Opera of the 20th Century cinema.

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20:00 – News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx – Eisenstein – Das Kapital (Nachrichten aus der ideologischen Antike. Marx – Eisenstein – Das Kapital) – Germany 2008. DVD 4:3. Black & White and Color. Mono. 570 min. Selection of chapters: 155 min. Selected by Ondřej Vavrečka. English subtitles.

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 the idea of filming Das Kapital and intended to do it using the literary methods of James Joyce in his Ulysses. “A plan with the whack of a battleship,” Kluge remarks in the accompanying booklet to the three DVDs. It is also the kind of plan that could be taken up by Alexander Kluge whose films and TV work often seem to follow the dramatic approach that Eisenstein had in mind for his Marx project.