Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die uebrige Zeit (1986)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 113 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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In this "film essay," director Alexander Kluge handles two different stories with both fictional and documentary aspects. In one story, a foster parent cares for a traumatized young girl who is now an orphan after witnessing a car crash that killed both her parents. After the foster-parent does the right thing and takes the girl to her aunt -- her court-appointed guardian -- she is shocked to see that neither the wealthy aunt nor her servants are very interested in the girl. An unusual decision follows. In the other story, a director goes blind in the middle of a film project but has to be kept on because of his contract. This situation leads to some philosophizing on the nature of film and art in the modern world.

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accident, aunt, blindness [physical], caregiver, computers, craziness, daughter, devotion [dedication], family, maniac, Nazism, orphan, parent, soldier, studio, survivor, witness