Tickets $10, $8 Students & Seniors | No Brattle Passes
February 28, 1962: 26 young directors declared the end of “Papa’s Kino” and the birth of the New German Cinema. The signatories of the momentous Oberhausen Manifesto included Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz, Peter Schamoni, and many others, mostly forgotten names. At the intractable shift from post-war hardship to “Wirtschaftswunder,” this group of creatives represented a skeptical generation eager to establish a realistic and aesthetically ambitious cinematic future. Form and consequences of this manifesto remained highly controversial, even among the signers themselves. Their works – 170 mostly short films made between 1958 and 1967 – disappeared soon after in oblivion. People had to face the curious fact that one of the most significant periods of German film history was at the same time the most unknown.
For the 50th anniversary of the manifesto, four major German institutions took action and succeeded in unearthing and restoring a dozen of these films, making available brand new film prints and digital copies. Balagan Series presents five of these rarely seen films on 35mm, which document the new formal and political ambitions of the ‘Oberhausener’s.
Program curated by Dagmar Kamlah. Additional titles TBA.
- ARME LEUTE, Vlado Kristl, 8 min, 1963
- NOTIZEN AUS DEM ALTMÜHLTAL, H.R.Strobel/H.Tichawsky, 17 min, 1961
- KAHL, Haro Senft, 12 min, 1961
- GRANSTEIN, C.Doermer u.a., 13 min, 1965
- TRAB TRAB, Detten Schleiermacher, 11 min, 1959
Note: The Geothe Institute will be presenting a larger selection of the films on DVD at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday, September 30 at 11 am – curated by Ralph Eue, curator of the entire project “Provoking Reality”. Visit www.oberhausener-manifesto.com for more information.
Balagan is a monthly screening series run and curated by local filmmakers Alla Kovgan, Jeff Silva, Stefan Grabowski and Mariya Nikiforova.
Visit balaganfilms.com for more information about the series.