AWL_031 Klassenverhältnisse (Class Relations)
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.
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.