Session #7: Thinking Cinema on Television: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), ca. 1975 (Screening 3)

Photo © 1975 Harun Farocki/Ingemo Engström

Monday 27 March 2017

8:30-10:00 | Goethe-Institut | [Book here]

Introduced by Volker Pantenburg.

Erzählen (About Narration), Harun Farocki and Ingemo Engström, Germany 1975, 16mm (transferred to digital), 58 mins, German with English subtitles

“Essay, a term from written literature: unity of science and art; unity of social and individual knowledge,” Harun Farocki wrote in a first draft of the project Erzählen. “About Narration” follows two people (played by Engström and Farocki) investigating their respective subjects: One is tracing the involvement of the German heavy industry in the rise of Nazi-Germany, the other is interested in the fate of Larissa Reissner, a young Soviet writer and revolutionary. Both of them struggle with the question of how to organize their research and find a narrative structure. Their paths cross, and the film turns into an essayistic interrogation of structuralist narratology. In the context of this programme, Erzählen, produced by Annelen Kranefuss and Christhart Burgmann for the WDR department “Literatur und Sprache”, shows that it was not only the film department, that allowed for experimental and playful forms to blossom. “It should be possible to include anything as in the Nature Theater of Oklahoma” (Ingemo Engström).


In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London, and with special thanks to Christhart Burgmann, Martin Brady, Werner Dütsch, Antje Ehmann, Ingemo Engström, Rainer Gansera, Joanna von Graefe, Anke Hahn, Maren Hobein, Annelen Kranefuss, Peter Nestler, Matthias Rajmann, Karin Rausch, Felicitas Rohrmoser,  Catrina Schwendener, Birol Teke, Klaus Volkmer, and Angelika Wittlich.

With thanks to Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Filmmuseum München, Harun Farocki GbR, and Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)