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Class Relations

Klassenverhältnisse

West Germany, France, 1984
Drama, History, Avant-Garde
A Straub-Huillet Retrospective

Synopsis

A haunted fever dream of the United States, Amerika is told from the perspective of a young German immigrant who encounters a strange new world, with its violent lies and quixotic optimism, like a modern-day Parsifal.

Class Relations Directed by Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub

Critics reviews

The filmmaking techniques employed in Class Relations further draw it out of the realm of straight adaptation or political parable. Their use of long takes, static camera work, and non-professional actors gives the film an austere and subtle power similar to the work of Robert Bresson… Despite its quiet pacing, the film’s intensity lends it incredible momentum, engaging the viewer from start to finish.
May 03, 2013
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Class Relations speaks about this time where everything, in a certain manner, ends, but where everything also begins, with a kind of sad insight. Dawn, [François] Moisson says in Jean Renoir’s La Marseillaise (and he would know since he’s a painter) has nothing enchanting about it; it’s cold and the colors are imprecise.
April 29, 2013
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Through Sade, the Straubs add a Marxist slant to Kafka’s book. Through their work on the language, they add a “sadistic” slant on the spectator who, non German-speaking, will not cease reading the subtitles (translated by Danièle Huillet) of Amerika / Klassenverhältnisse.
October 03, 1984
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