Thursday, June 1, 1995

Alexander Kluge 1

Short Films

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

One of the most influential and talented filmmakers of the German New Wave, “Das Neue Kino,” Alexander Kluge’s lyrical, incisive film-essays examine the collective consciousness and socio-political experience of post-war Germany. Informed by the theoretical tradition of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, Kluge’s work, a sort of formal poetry of the cinema, occupies the undefinable space between document and film-narrative. This program of rarely seen short films represents a cross-section of Kluge’s work completed over a period of approximately 15 years, including Die Ewigkeit von gestern (The Eternity of Yesterday), Kluge’s meditation on Germany’s Nazi past through the lens of its architecture.