The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time (1985)
A Film by Alexander Kluge
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | PAL 4:3 | 01:46:06 | 6,54 Gb
Audio: German AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian
Genre: Art-House, Drama
In this film, Kluge continues his fascination with history, culture and cinema as he examines the close of the 20th century. Opening with a production of Verdi’s Tosca, he sets up a contrast between the treatment of moral and aesthetic issues in the 19th century and their examination in the cinema. Several stories – with characters who are mainly nameless, such as “The big boss, a man in a hurry,” Homeworker,” “Superfluous employee” – are juxtaposed, creating a filmic essay, a montage of ideas and reflections on the present, a present which affects our views of the past and our hopes for the future. At the center, serving perhaps as a metaphor for both his film and cinema itself, is the story of a director who goes blind while working on his latest film. He continues working, his head full of images, trying to create what he cannot see.