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JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL

9 - 18/7/1992 Jerusalem Cinematheque (Israel)

"THE OTHER EYE / DER ANDERE BLICK"
Hannah Heer & Werner Schmiedel
1991, 16 mm, 130 min.

G.W. Pabst was one of the masters of German cinema in the 1920's and 1930's. A relative late-comer, at 38 to the director's chair, Pabst soon became a pioneer in his handling of difficult themes: the social criticism of "The Street of Sorrow" (1925), "Secrets of a Soul" (1926), the first treatment of psychoanalysis, "The Diary of a Lost Soul" about the problem of prostitution, "Kameradschaft" (1931) about the inherent inhumanity of nationalistic hatred and "Three-Penny Opera" (1931) based on the Brecht/Weil opera.
How then could the man who left Germany in 1933 because "he identified completely with his Jewish friends", go back to Austria in 1939 and direct films for Goebbels? Johanna Heer and Werner Schmiedel researched Pabst's life very carefully and try to solve the riddle of his return from Hollywood to the Third reich. "The Other Eye" features documents, stills and excerpts from Pabst's films, interviews with people who worked with him at different times, many of them Jews. Their answers shed very little explanatory on Pabst's wartime behavior. Rather - their testimonies is a troubling account of his kindness. The result: a thought provoking document which uses unconventional film methods.



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