Some of the most influential and incisive observations about the United States have been made by those born beyond its shores—Alexis de Tocqueville, Oscar Wilde, Theodor Adorno—and to their ranks one could add a considerable number of filmmakers. In these films one encounters many Americas, perspectives on a nation that reveal the peculiarities of its customs, the drama of its natural splendor, and the lacerating contradictions of its political mythologies.
Eroticism and force, introversion and exaltation, sensual happiness and destructive power – all these things come forth in the “Kammerspiel” intimacy of the allegorical drama WILLOW SPRINGS." (Wolfram Schütte)
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