CLASS RELATIONS (KLASSENVERHÄLTNISSE)
Straub-Huillet's brilliant distillation of Franz Kafka's incomplete first novel Amerika is perhaps the most authentically German treatment of Kafka ever made. The filmmaking techniques employed in CLASS RELATIONS further draw it out of the realm of straight adaptation or political parable. Straub’s and Huillet’s 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.
"DVD of the year. Buy it, watch all of it, and thank me later."
- Cinema Scope
"A must-own package for anyone remotely interested in the work of Straub-Huillet."
This 2-disc DVD offers a film transfer supervised by the filmmakers, two rare documentaries (by Harun Farocki and Manfred Blank) about the work on the film, as well as unpublished rushes and photos from the shooting. The ROM section features additional material such as scripts, the shooting schedule, an interview and excerpts from a press conference with the filmmakers, and a book about the film (in German).
Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)
CLASS RELATIONS (KLASSENVERHÄLTNISSE) (West Germany, 1984)
Director: Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet Cinematography: William Lubtchansky, Caroline Champetier, Christophe Pollock Editor: Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet
Cast: Christian Heinisch, Nazzareno Bianconi, Mario Adorf, Laura Betti, Harun Farocki, Klaus Traube, Georg Brintrup
• 122 minutes
WORK ON "CLASS RELATIONS" BY DANIÈLE HUILLET AND JEAN-MARIE STRAUB
(West Germany, 1983)
Director: Harun Farocki
• 65 minutes
HOW MERRILY I SHALL LAUGH. DANIÈLE HUILLET AND JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND THEIR FILM "CLASS RELATIONS"
(West Germany, 1984)
Director: Manfred Blank
• 42 minutes
WORK IN PROGRESS. GENETIC ANALYSIS OF THE SIGN STRUCTURE AND RHETORIC IN THE OPENING SEQUENCES ...
(West Germany, 2007)
Director: Klaus Kanzog, Klaus Volkmer
• 20 minutes
Total Running Time: 04:09:00 (2 Discs)
Language: German with English subtitles.
Booklet Text: Hans Hurch, Barton Byg, Klaus Kanzog (16 pages)
Published By: Edition Filmmuseum
Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping)
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