The Poor Shall Become an Enemy of the Rich

(Dass ihnen der arme Mann Feind werde)

GDR, 1975, 17 min, color/b&w
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The title of this short film is quoted from Thomas Müntzer’s 1524 speech A Highly-Provoked Vindication. The documentary traces the most important events of the German Peasants’ War of 1524-25 and the leading role of reformer Thomas Müntzer. Images of 1970s Mülhausen—one of the last places Müntzer preached—are combined with shots of well-known artworks of the 16th to 20th centuries.


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