Wow! Thank you, MUBI! That is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! A very generalized thing to say, but I seldom go there, so hopefully any who have endured my diatribes and polemics will register what it might mean for me to be wordless (or maybe overworded! from how specific and yet poetic this film is) and tossing superlatives without saying specifically why. I hope this series gets extended! Please!
No doubt the stilted ragtime, jazzy classical guitar, and mouth harp triple threat of the score had different affective or cultural connotations in 1960s W. Germany, but they're pretty awkwardly/miserably lost in temporal translation. I appreciate the fact of the clear-eyed class consciousness far more than I appreciate the film. 2.5
Good visuals and kinda reminded me of my hometown with a lot of the factories and run down buildings and simple folk trying to make the best of life. The soundtrack did not seem to fit the visuals for me and distracted a bit, so for me this is a middle of the road short. Do I think I would watch it again? Prob not, but it was enjoyable. 3 stars
If the phone book were written as a poem. A film in the spirit of Wiseman without the emphasis on mechanics or proclamations of objectivity. Nestler seems to be after capturing the spirit - the people that make up the place and time - than the historical perspective. The end product might be closer to the truth.
A snapshot of the 1960s' Ruhr area, expressed through a series of rather unimaginative images. The experience is saved by interesting use of music and literally a couple of strong images, that is: an old man in the mist covered park and the scene where children play in the empty, foggy streets of Mulheim (I suppose). It seems to me like a wasted opportunity to make something truly special...
J'ai vu ce film pour la première fois en 1965, au festival de courts métrages d'Evian. Il m'avait durablement impressionné par son humanité, sa générosité, sa manière à la fois calme et implacable de décrire une réalité dure mais finalement habitable, habitée. Plus de 50 ans plus tard, je le retrouve enfin, grâce à Mubi, tel qu'en lui même... merci!
Part of me would like some vocal testimony in this account of the city of Mülheim but Nestler's approach works a treat. He packs an awful lot into this highly detailed short film. There is a sense of the elegiac about it but, unlike the coal towns in Belgium, England and France, Mülheim had a successful reinvention as an industrial centre. It also helps that the town is full of interesting architecture. Wonderful.