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Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub Bondsrepubliek Duitsland, 1984

redux's rating of the film Class Relations

In a reverse-absurdist gesture, the title brings a Marxist angle to an 'Amerika' entirely devoid of social consciousness, organized on the principle of subordination. It's to signify that Kafka's vision of dehumanization of the individual, as inflicted by modernity's discreet regulatory systems, is well understood. The film itself has a sense of clarity and absurd exhilaration transferred intact from book to screen.