Why are people comparing Straub to Wes Anderson? I like this a bzillion times better, and can't even make the connection. It's like comparing Dostoevsky to the Hardy Boys. I did have to watch this over and over to get a grip on it, so I can understand why some people may prefer a Bugs Bunny style of film making over this early German New Wave; this requires some thinking, unlike Bugs Bunny Or W.A.., which do not.
I love how each of the stories are weaved together so carefully and are each deconstructed and evaluated in such a short running time- this also serves as another great example as to why Straub-Huillet deserve more respect and attention!
A perfect film in so many ways but perhaps most of all in the perfect integration it achieves between its style & its intent The overall editing rhythm of the film has to be experienced to be believed. (The caviling about "acting" in the film (below) is amazingly besides the point: converting a chief aesthetic merit as it does into a flaw!: indeed one of the first choices for Johanna's role was Brecht's widow.
Un mediometraje difícil pero que no deja de ser provocador. Straub nos sumerge a los tiempos que convergen, cambian de época de manera brusca, mas no pierden afinidad entre sí. Más allá de que la historia encadene los sucesos de un mismo legado familiar azotado por las circunstancias históricas en Alemania, el filme parece formular su teoría sobre la Historia como un evento cíclico, trágico y hereditario.