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218 Ratings

Yesterday Girl

Abschied von gestern (Anita G.)

Directed by Alexander Kluge
West Germany, 1966
Comedy, Drama, Avant-Garde


Eager to shed the constricting history of her postwar East German surroundings, Anita G. (Alexandra Kluge, the director’s sister) escapes to West Germany only to encounter a different set of problems on the other side of the wall.

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Yesterday Girl Directed by Alexander Kluge

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1966 | 4 wins including: Cinema 60 Award

1966 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award

Critics reviews

Kluge’s Abschied von Gestern won the Silver Lion in Venice in 1966, which didn’t stop German university students from pelting the director with eggs in 1968. Kluge’s crime was, roughly, a critique of capitalism that wasn’t critical enough, or was too capitalist. As far as Yesterday Girlgoes, the critique is mordantly observant and absorbing.
April 06, 2016
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Alexander Kluge is trying to say something about Germany today, but he gets lost in a scenario hopelessly alienated from itself. His sister, Alexandra Kluge, stays in the mind as a kind of modern girl who keeps asking embarrassing questions out of the black pools of her questing eyes and never finding satisfactory answers. One dog-training sequence makes a devastating comment on the Achtung aberration of the Germans. The rest of the time I was bored.
October 12, 1967
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