Made with an eye to Germany in Autumn, 1980, when the parliamentary elections take place, the motion picture, The Candidate, examines Germany’s history past and present and the man who, as CDU/CSU candidate, hopes to be elected to the most important in the land, Franz Josef Strauß. In this elaborate documentary, a cooperative venture by four German directors (Stefan Aust, Alexander Kluge, Alexander von Eschwege and Volker Schlöndorff) both CSU politician Strauß’s past performance and his activities on the political stage are examined and placed in the appropriate frame of reference by committed film auteurs. A contribution to the discussions in this election year, with information that will most likely not be shown on television. A film which, even after the election is past history, will continue to be an important description of Germany in a critical phase of her development. –Kinowelt
Alexander Kluge (born 14 February 1932, Halberstadt, Saxony-Anhalt) is a noted film director and author.
After growing up during the Second World War, he studied law, history and music at the universities of Marburg and Frankfurt am Main, receiving his doctorate in law in 1956. While studying in Frankfurt, Kluge befriended the philosopher Theodor Adorno, who had returned to Germany and was teaching at the Institute for Social Research, or Frankfurt School. Kluge served as a legal counsel for the Institute, and began writing his earliest stories during this period. At Adorno’s suggestion, he also began to investigate filmmaking, and in 1958, Adorno introduced him to German filmmaker Fritz Lang.
Kluge directed his first film in 1960, Brutalität im Stein (Brutality in Stone), a 12-minute, black and white, lyrical montage work which, against the German commercial (Papa’s Kino) cinematic amnesia of the prior decade, inaugurated an exploration of the Nazi past. The film premiered… read more
Volker Schlöndorff (born 31 March 1939 in Wiesbaden, Germany) is a Berlin-based German filmmaker.
He won an Oscar as well as the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Tin Drum (1979), the film version of the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass.
Schlöndorff has adapted many literary works for his movies, including some critically well-received US productions, but he is also engaged in post-war German politics. He served as the chief executive for the UFA studio in Babelsberg. Volker Schlöndorff also teaches film and literature at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he conducts an Intensive Summer Seminar.
He was married to fellow film director Margarethe von Trotta from 1971 to 1991. —Wikipedia