Film All-Day Alexander Kluge Marathon

Kluge © Suhrkamp Verlag

Sat, 05/19/2018


1990 K St. NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC 20006

As part of the exhibition Marx in the Study, the Goethe-Institut will be screening Alexander Kluge’s film News from Ideological Antiquity in its entirety. Stop by anytime during the day to appreciate this cinematic endeavor and interact with the exhibition.

Germany, 2008, 570 min., Director: Alexander Kluge

“I have made the decision to film CAPITAL based on Karl Marx’s scenario”, Sergei Eisenstein wrote in his notes on October 12, 1927. Eisenstein, who had revolutionized the language of film with Battleship Potemkin (1926), wanted to “cinematize” Marx’s book. Eisenstein believed that the challenge posed by such a work, drawing on innovative forms derived from James Joyce’s Ulysses, would fundamentally shift the cinematic arts.

80 years later, Alexander Kluge comments on Eisenstein’s monumental Plan. In three parts, he collects cinematic miniatures of Marx’s theory, which seems as far away from us as antiquity. Interviews with Peter Sloterdijk, Dietmar Dath, Oskar Negt, Boris Groys, Rainer Stollmann, and others provide divergent perspectives of Marx’s Capital.

With films like Yesterday Girl (1966, “Abschied von Gestern”) and his participation in the anthology film Germany in Autumn (1978, “Deutschland im Herbst”), Alexander Kluge is one of the most notable representatives of the New German Cinema movement. In April 2008, the German Film Awards honored him with the Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to German Cinema.