GDR, 1983, 20 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles
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This experimental film, set to music by Bach, illustrates quotations from the works of Karl Marx with photographs of proletarian daily life from the mid-1800s to the present.


Peter Voigt and photographer Arno Fischer worked on the four double-stelae of Berlin’s Marx-Engels Forum project from 1977 to 1982. For the stelae they were planning, they researched photographs in Amsterdam, New York, Washington, London and Moscow. This film is a direct result of the intensive work Voigt did to select the nearly 150 photographs used for the monument.


Press comments

"My motive was to make a twenty-minute-long film out of only photos – where do you go with that, what limits do you reach. You always need to make a film in such a way that you reach your own limits, otherwise you are moving without resistance."   —Director Peter Voigt


“This film, an impressively wrought photomontage accompanied by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the texts by Karl Marx, conveys a convincing message. The film gives testimony to the life and struggle of the working class: images of the present and past, faces of people from all continents, suffering, defiance, organized resistance.”   —Elke Schieber, Film und Fernsehen




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