14 Pews presents German Film Class
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Dr. Sandy Frieden will teach a class about the weirdest German films that she loves. The cost of the class includes snacks, lecture, and drinks.
The following films will be featured:
- July 6: Heart of Glass: Are we sleepwalking through life? A pre-industrial German village, whose secret of making its prized ruby glass has suddenly died with the head glassmaker, now has nowhere to go but down. Roger Ebert: “Terrifying in its emptiness.” The entire cast speaks its parts under hypnosis….and it's this film that set me on my lifetime passion for German film!
- July 13 - Fata Morgana: We’ve corrupted the earth, and what civilization we have has dissolved…all captured in intense and mesmerizing tracking shots through the desert. An occasionally funny and always elusive and illusory dystopia set in the Sahara, with Lotte Eisner intoning the Guatemalan story of the creation of the world, and Leonard Cohen’s songs in accompaniment.
- July 20 - Ticket of No Return: Kitsch, grotesque, satire, fantasy and beauty rendered as the most breakable of mirrors—our unspeaking heroine (alternate title: Portrait of a Woman Drinker) binge-drinks her way across Berlin, with companions Nina Hagen, Eddie Constantine, and Magdelena Montezuma, until she smashes all images with her beautiful high heels.
- July 27 - Invisible Adversaries: A feminist artistic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (sort of), this assortment of vignettes and critiques linked by the threat of alien invaders (unless they’re already here??) by performance artist Valie Export, whose “Touch Cinema” once scandalized her fellow Austrians.