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.
Thursday, June 1, 1995
Alexander Kluge 1
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts