bans women from revealing their thighs, breasts and buttocks and “from dressing indecently in a manner to sexually excite”. Women protest.
2nd photo: Woman holding sign protesting ban policing female bodies.
3rd photo: Homosexual man is beaten and burned to death in Uganda as if he’s wood and had no value in life.
4th photo: Tabloid featuring the witch-hunt of homosexual men and outting their names, addresses, and detailing their accusations.
Remember the West’s ongoing imperialism is responsible for this travesty. This is not a failure of Ugandans being “uncivilized”( a really racist term by the way), it is the fault of the white people who have forced their way in. The christian missionaries that “spread their faith” are erasing cultures and building up systems of oppression abroad. The West did this!
Reflections on the German New Wave
Arguably, Germany was the cinematic superpower of the world prior to rise of the Nazi Party. Having lost so much in WWII, Germany struggled to regain its presence in cinema. In 1962 nearly two dozen German filmmakers signed the “Oberhausen Manifesto” - a vow to establish a new German feature film.
I firmly planted my ass on the couch and indulged in the films of the 1970s and early 1980s that came out of this period and quickly found myself so moved by the works of a few of the filmmakers that made up the German New Wave I could not move passed them. The works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, and Wim Wenders have forever altered the history of cinema. It is said that you can watch ten minutes any of a great filmmakers work and immediately know who is the director. This is true of these filmmakers during this period. Their styles were so strong and vastly different, they focused on Germany of the past and Germany of the present but also stories in the Americas.
This presence of style is strongest in Fassbinder, the man made nearly 40 pictures in his short career of 16 years. He worked with such speed and accuracy that he redefined just how productive and expressive a filmmaker could be. I apologize in advance for the numerous Fassbinder films in the list I compiled.
Note: As I stated, I was emotionally struck by the works of these film makers that I watched their films with great fervor and ran out of time in the month to explore the works of Volker Schlondorff, Alexander Kluge, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, and Margarethe von Trotta as I had initially intended. This list I am posting in no way is finite of the German New Wave, but the films that struck me the most from the period. Next month I will be exploring woman filmmakers from around the world and will include more of von Trotta’s work.
Here are the films of the German New Wave that I believe in my limited viewing were the best and are often neglected when Americans discuss the standards of the best films ever made.
13. The American Friend (1977), dir. Wenders
12. Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), dir. Fassbinder
11. Veronika Voss (1982), dir. Wenders
10. The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum (1975), dir. Schlondorff & von Trotta
9. Stroszek (1977), dir. Herzog
8. Lola (1981), dir. Fassbinder
7. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), dir. Fassbinder
6. Paris, Texas (1984), dir. Wenders
5. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), dir. Herzog
4. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), dir. Fassbinder
3. Wings of Desire (1987), dir. Wenders
2. Fitzcarraldo (1982), dir. Herzog
1. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), dir. Fassbinder
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