Doors:
20:00
Start:
20:30
End:
23:00
WORM
WORM Central Station, WORM CS Film Zaal
Boomgaardsstraat 71
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Wed 29 May '19 - Film

AWL_031 Klassenverhältnisse (Class Relations)

a film by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub 1983, France/Germany, 127 min., German w/ English subtitles
20:30
WORM
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Class Relations (1983), based on Franz Kafka’s first novel, is an intriguing film showing the perspective of a young German’s first encounter with the US. Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s adaptation of the unfinished Kafka novel is a Marxist take on the story and was first presented as a special May Day screening at BAMcinématek in 1984.

The characters in the story are seen in the struggle of increased complications of situations, more specifically in the journey of protagonist Karl Rossman. Kafka is known for complicating situations for his characters; this story is an exquisite example of just that, as the viewer begins to ponder on whether the character himself is liable for his complications, or if it is simply a tendency of the chaotic circumstances they find themselves in.

Straub and Huillet incline this in their delicate camera techniques and direction, seen in the long takes, the static camera work, and the aspirant actors observed on screen. As is with kafkaesque stories, the quiet pacing of the film is what in the end leads to its spectacularity, provoking strong engagement as the narrative unfolds.