Not Reconciled, Or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules
(Nicht Versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht)
Erik Ulman, a composer and lecturer in music at Stanford University, writes on music, poetry, and film; he codirects, with Marcia Scott, the arts organization Poto.
Heinrich Hargesheimer, Ulrich Hopmann, Henning Harmssen, Ernst Kutzinski,
Straub-Huillet take dynamite to both their Heinrich Böll source novel and the fabric of postwar Germany in their powerful adaptation, “built on the equation M [military] = M3 [murder].” While the novel presented several generations of the German bourgeoisie as they skated from the 1910s through the Nazi era and the postwar economic “miracle,” Not Reconciled merged decades, generations, and characters together, underlining Straub-Huillet’s belief that fascism never left. “But the roles you played then and today are the same,” one character notes. “Long live dynamite!”
Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet, Germany, 1962
A former Nazi officer finds life in postwar Germany much, much the same.
The Bridegroom, the Comedienne, and the Pimp
Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet, Germany, 1968
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
None other than Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Hanna Schygulla star in this short, a spin-off of a play directed by Straub-Huillet with the notorious Munich Action-Theater.