Thursday, October 24, 2002

Two by Alexander Kluge

Program 1: Strongman Ferdinand (Der Starke Ferdinand) 1975-76

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

An ex-police officer turned head of security for a chemical corporation takes his job a little too seriously. After an explosion in the factory, Ferdinand steps up security measures, and when the Director orders him to stop, he treats the director himself as a risk, ultimately arresting him. An example of security-run-amok, the film is perhaps pertinent to our current political situation. (Irina Leimbacher)