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Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet at Work on Franz Kafka's “Amerika”

Harun Farocki

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Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet at Work on Franz Kafka's “Amerika”
Harun Farocki
1983

26 Minutes

Staff Picks

This film is at once a self-portrait and an homage to Jean-Marie Straub, Farocki's role model and former teacher at the Film Academy. Farocki's admiration for Straub was so great that he said of Between Two Wars: “Perhaps I only made this film to earn Straub's recognition.” In this observation-driven film Farocki documents the fulfillment of his wish.The film shows Farocki, under Straub's direction, rehearsing for his role as Delamarche in the film Klassenverhältnisse (Class Relations, 1983). Anyone who has seen Farocki's documentary of the shoot will never forget these short scenes.The directing technique of Jean-Marie Straub and his wife Daniele Huillet is so repetitive and detail-obsessed that the performers are made to rehearse the scenes to the point of exhaustion. Straub manages his actors like a theater director.The very fact that it is unusual among filmmakers makes it well worth having captured Straub's working methods on film. Farocki filmed a work of resistance against traditional cinema, against which his own films rebel. (Tilman Baumgärtel)

Presented on e-flux Video & Film as the December 2022 edition of Staff Picks.

This edition of Staff Picks also coincides with the inauguration of Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art, a four-part series of screenings and discussions at e-flux Screening Room inspired by the works of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub. Read more on the on the program, times, and participants here.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Category
Film, Labor & Work, Avant-Garde, Performance
Subject
Documentary, Class, Experimental Film
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Harun Farocki (1944–2014) was born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. From 1966 to 1968, he attended the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). In addition to teaching posts in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich, and Stuttgart, he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Farocki made close to 120 short and feature-length films for television and cinema, mostly documentaries and essay films that analyzed social realities, with a precise use of moving images and focus on the political and sociological context involved in the creation of imagery. He also worked in collaboration with other filmmakers as a scriptwriter, actor, and producer. In 1976, he staged Heiner Müller's plays The Battle and Tractor together with Hanns Zischler in Basel, Switzerland. Between 1974 to 1984, he was editor and contributing author of the magazine Filmkritik (München). His work has been shown in many exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide. From 2000 to 2004 Farocki taught in Berlin at his former school DFFB and at the University of the Arts. In 2004 Farocki first became a visiting professor and then in 2006 a full professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. As a teacher Harun Farocki had a significant cinematic and intellectual influence on the development of the acclaimed Berlin School film movement.

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