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3.3
1,111 Ratings

Machorka-Muff

West Germany, 1963
Drama, Short

Synopsis

Relishing his political and sexual prospects in postwar Germany, a former Nazi colonel muses on the stupidity of the bourgeoisie, who can be easily duped in the voting booth and in the bedroom.

Machorka-Muff Directed by Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet

Critics reviews

Sharp and exacting as a keen-edged knife.
April 24, 2019
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The fact that Machorka-Muff was the world’s first taste of the Straubs is interesting not simply in light of this bizarre biographical twist of fate. . . . It is a blistering flurry of sounds and images, far woozier and fast-moving overall than the “history” films that later cemented their modest reputation.
April 24, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • Mitchell Abidor's rating of the film Machorka-Muff

    How wonderful it is to have this essential film in a beautiful ,clear, unblemished print. Thank you, Mubi

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Machorka-Muff

    A short film which condenses with remarkable acuity West Germany's post-WWII political identity crisis; a crisis manifested through the Adenauer government's blend of parliamentary democracy formalism with the Nazi-style political theology à la Carl Schmitt. Straub/Huillet's caustic viewpoint exposes the bourgeois romanticism and the decisionist soldier-ethic on who the enemy is with rare purity of shots-stylemes!

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Machorka-Muff

    An important film in its time: Leaning on a short story by German writer Heinrich Böll Straub & Huillet raise the question of how deep Germany's post-war re-armament and military development has been influenced by Nazi ideology. The crucial moment for me is when Machorka-Muff is reading the newspapers because the original articles shown on screen discuss the events by using bits of Third Reich rhetoric.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Machorka-Muff

    4.5 Progressing from breathtakingly austere conversation piece to free-spirited promenade images in Berlin, from germphobically audacious drama to astute critique into post-war Germany in Adenauer era, "Machorka-Muff" becomes a complex and sinister chimera in relatively short 18 minutes. Huillet-Straub's abstinent magnificence is already in their first collaboration, retaining omnipotent power even now.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Machorka-Muff

    35mm, retrospective Federal Republic Of Germany 1949-63. 35mm,retrospective Straub-Huillet, rewatched. The following film would extend the ideological and aesthetic premisses that are presented here for the first time in great splendor and dense compaction. The scenes, the frames, the enunciation of the texts, all respond to a fluid criteria of the cinematographic language semiotic succession.

  • Jason's rating of the film Machorka-Muff

    A spare narrative film, superficially conventional in comparison to more radical later works, Straub and Huillet's debut short, MACHORKA-MUFF, adapts a piece by Heinrich Böll w/ the same bitter irony and general rigour they would later employ to turn Kafka's first novel into CLASS RELATIONS. We can see clearly ways they have been influenced, especially by French and Italian cinema, yet seek new and critical forms.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Machorka-Muff

    First film of the duo and first time they will get you off guard with their unusual editing. The remarquable text from Böll is brilliantly translated into troubling images, where even the ordinary things are nonetheless a little strange. An unexpected angle, a sudden cut, the way the camera follows the waiter instead of sticking with the conversation. This announces "Nicht versöhnt" and "Amerika" in many ways.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Machorka-Muff

    It's weird watching this knowing where Straub-Huillet would go as this is so radically different than the rest of their films. That said, this is still a great little short!

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