Sunday, June 4, 1995

Alexander Kluge 2

The Blind Director

San Francisco Art Institute

Marked by his characteristic concern with time and history, Kluge’s film Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die Ubrige Zeit (The Blind Director) examines the individual consciousness of historicity and intentionality as mediated by and filtered through mass culture in a series of archetypal parables of life in contemporary Germany. The English title of the film, radically different from the German which translates literally as “The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time”, refers to the final segment, Kluge’s ironic self-appraisal as a man who escapes alienation only through his obsession with memory and imagination.