World On A Draht

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I have been listening to the Animal Collective remix of Welt am Draht quite a lot recently and it made me think of the Fassbinder movie of the same name. Made for TV in 1973 World On A Wire was rarely shown on television or at the movies. I remember watching it a few years back on a German Regionalprogramm. I really liked it, but it was very slow and made me a bit sleepy, which is not a bad thing. Loved the camera by Ballhaus, of course, including the mirrors placed in the sets = illusions? = divided nature? of the actors.

I found this Fassbinder quote about the movie at the MoMa site:

“very beautiful story that depicts a world where one is able to make projections of people using a computer. And, of course, this leads to the uncertainty of whether someone himself is a projection, since in the virtual world projections resemble reality. Perhaps another, larger world has made us as a virtual one? In this sense it deals with the old philosophical model, which here takes on a certain horror.”

It seems that every article on Welt am Draht has to mention the movies Matrix, eXistenZ and most recent ones also Avatar. So, there you go, I mentioned them.

A completely restored version was shown at the Berlinale earlier this year. A DVD has been released in February including English subtitles.

Welt am Draht
Barbara Valentin in Welt Am Draht (Foto: Fassbinder Foundation)

Der, Die, Das Heels

Dear Readers,

After Frankfurt Gay Pride, the tour with Ms. Messhausen led us through 3 countries and 5 cities in 8 days. It was the blast, during which we rediscovered our love for the German article “die” (pronounced dee). As some of you may remember this site started as dieproduzentin.de

After Mary went back to Toronto last Sunday, I needed a rest from the binge purge & shopping excesses. Cocooning seemed like the only solution.

Tuesday night, I watched “Die Stein“, a new TV series about die lustig lüsterne Lehrerleben. A welcome surprise of the show is the former Fassbinder actress Irm Herrman in a supporting role as the school’s secretary.

Anyway, here is a picture of die pumps I bought in Antwerp. Now, I’m asking myself, might die MMM heels be to demure?

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Photo by Bitz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s television miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz is based on the Alfred Döblin classic 1929 novel of the underclass in Berlin during the Weimar Republic. Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time. It was first broadcast in Germany in 1980.

RWF had a longstanding obsession with the novel. For instance, in his 1975 movie Fox and his Friends (Faustrecht der Freiheit), the main character played by Fassbinder himself, is named after the Berlin Alexanderplatz protagonist, Franz Biberkopf (Frank Beaverhead).

Remastered in 2006, the series is finally available as a DVD box set from The Criterion Collection with English subtitles or through SZ Cinemathek in Germany.

PS1 in New York is screening the more than 15-hour epic in 14 screening rooms – one for each episode of the film through January 2008.

Further reading:

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Fassbinder on Berlin Alexanderplatz:
“Beim zweiten Lesen also wurde mir von Seite zu Seite mehr und mehr klar, staunend erst, dann mehr und mehr beängstigt, so betroffen zuletzt, daß ich beinahe gezwungen schien, Augen und Ohren zu schließen, zu verdrängen also, wurde mir klarer und klarer, daß ein riesiger Teil meiner selbst, meiner Verhaltensweisen, meiner Reaktionen, vieles eben, das ich für mich, für mich selbst gehalten hatte, nichts anderes war, als von Döblin in ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ Beschriebenes.
Ich hatte also, ganz einfach, unbewußt Döblins Phantasie zu meinem Leben gemacht. Und doch, es war nicht zuletzt dann doch wieder der Roman, der mir dabei half, die folgende beängstigende Krise zu überwinden und an etwas zu arbeiten, was zuletzt, wie ich hoffe, relativ sehr das werden konnte, was man eine Identität nennt, soweit das in all dem verkorksten Dreck überhaupt möglich ist.”
aus “Filme befreien den Kopf”, Essays and Arbeitsnotizen von RWF (#)

J’adore MMM

J’adore the video for the current men’s summer collection of Maison Martin Margiela. I’m feeling the subtle rent boy / Stricher vibe. I know it is a bit of a stretch – at certain points the imagery reminds me of Faustrecht der Freiheit. Maybe it’s the crotch shots.

Here is a direct link to the flash movie, though you should probably make the window size smaller.

I’ll threaten to post more pictures if you don’t watch it.

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Earlier:
They call him the Greta Garbo of fashion

Very Mitte

I enjoy reading Vaginal Creme Davis blog, including her spiced up Berlin stories. However, information about Miss Davis’ upcoming project can be found in an email she wrote to Ann Magnuson:

“In the summer we start work on a performance adaptation of the seminal Rainer Werner Fassbinder film Whitey, which Canadian auteur Bruce La Bruce will direct and will feature costumes by couture designer Rick Owens…”

Earlier:
Hauptstadtfeeling
Hotnuts Nov 2006

Classics

In recent weeks I have watched quite a few film classics. With two of them, I was sure that I hadn’t seen them before, but I had and I could remember their stories quite well: The Philadelphia Story and The Night of the Hunter. I wish I had asked malorama before I went to see Die Nacht des Jägers, dann hätte ich bei seiner Minute besser aufpassen können.

Anyway, because of Fassbinder, who was a fan of the Douglas Sirk melodramas of the 50ties, I wanted to see more of his films. I had seen Imitation of Life and All That Heaven Allows a couple of years ago and this week it was time for Written on the Wind.

Imitation of Life is still my favourite Douglas Sirk film, though Written on the Wind is very good, too. A bit cartoonish, in a good way, which distracted me at first.

Below are three screen caps of the final shots of Written on the Wind. I think they look absolutely stunning. You can see Marylee Hadley (played by Dorothy Malone, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the spoiled, dipso-nymphomaniac daughter) with a portrait of her father in the back.

Resources:
Article on Fassbinder’s Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) which is a remake of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows
Bright Lights Film Journal (#6, Winter 1977/78) devoted to Douglas Sirk incl. an interview

Earlier:
Fassbinder: In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden

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