Between Two Wars
Zwischen zwei Kriegen/ Between Two Wars
West Germany, 1978, 16mm
With Ingemo Engström, Jeff Laysound, Reneé Schlesier, Stephan Mattusch, Willem Menne, Peter Fitz, Hildegard Schmahl, Konrad Born, Friedelm Ptok, Ingrid Oppermann, Wolfgang Winkler, Peter Nau, Caroline Neubaur, Harun Farocki
The essay by Berlin filmmaker Harun Farocki on heavy industry and the gas of the blast furnace, convinces, through the author’s cool abstraction and manic obsession and through the utilization of a single example, of the self-destructive character of capitalistic production: “The image of the blast furnace gas is real and metaphoric; an energy blows away uselessly into the air. Guided through a system of pipes, the pressure increases. Hence, a valve is needed. That valve is the production of war materiel.” […] Farocki distances himself radically from the thoughtless sloppiness of average television work. The clarity and the precise ordering of his black and white images, which do not illustrate thoughts but are themselves thoughts, are reminiscent of the late Godard. The poverty of this film – its production took six years – is at the same time its strength.
Hans C. Blumenberg, Die Zeit, 2 February 1979
Prix Carosse d’Or, Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes IFF 1978
*Screening along with Workers Leaving the Factory (€5 ticket includes both films)