DVD – Jonas

DVD - Jonas


               Genre: Drama
               Postwar economic miracle, Stuttgart, factory workers, hat

fear and desolation of postwar Germany

  The young Federal Republic of Germany in the mid-1950s: within the ambivalent atmosphere between the unresolved traumas of postwar rearmament and economic miracle lives of factory workers Jonas (Robert Earl), a lodger in a small room in Stuttgart. In his spare time, the quiet loner roams aimlessly through the streets of the city, from volatile impulses and “notably his inner voice and driven, which mixes the banalities of his experience with fragments of social slogans. When Jonas decides to invest a good part of his week’s wages in a hat, he met on this occasion, the young saleswoman Nanni (Elizabeth Bohaty). But shortly afterwards it will be the new, impressive headdress stolen in a restaurant, after which Jonah can go there, turn a hat that has the initials MS – the same of an old friend from the war days, the Jonas feels toward a nagging guilt. This apparent randomness causes painful post-traumatic processes for increasing the bewildered man, feels the refuge for a little while in the vicinity to also be incredibly lonely appearing Nanni, with which he wanders after a bye through the evening city. But the young woman soon overwhelmed with the confusing mood of her companion, whose repressed fears so gradual as to be unstoppable in the disintegrating consciousness pushing …

Jonas of the German film maker, art collector and psychiatrist Ottomar Domnick (1907-1989 ) from the year 1957 in his artistic black and staging an absolutely extraordinary and deeply moving film about a deeply unremarkable at first, misanthropic man who has long since retreated as far as possible from the social territory. The lost creature which is flanked by the majestic music of Duke Ellington and Winfried Zillig in the increasingly hostile perceived anonymity of urban space on the road, reflects the superficial dubbed the displacement of a strife-torn society, their desire for cultural identity, which opened channels a “foreseeable consumerism redirects.

In addition to the few, sparse dialogue that is explicitly taking place exclusively between Jonah and Nannie, it primarily the isolated universe of thought of the sad hero, which dominates the dramaturgy of Jonah and the ever growing chasm between his inner experience and the so – designated external reality is manifested, which is quickly trying to distance themselves from such an energetically disturbed and disturbing individuals, as illustrated here, the police as a representative of the state. The complex bribe comments this inner voice, through their multi-layered, again and again varied linguistic constructions that are caught up in circuits to associations that have been crafted by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, who participated in this way masterfully on the script. Nominated

at the Berlin International Film Festival 1957 for the Golden Bear and won silver in the film strip in the categories Best Cinematography and Best Music Jonas is a thoroughly unorthodox, provocative, and, clearly humanist-oriented cinematic gem dar. The movie will appear within moments of the edition of the German film, which was compiled by the film editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. About the social-relevance of its date, this work also with its impressive, artistically created images of the camera from Andor Barsys a temporarily unbound, untamed piece about the power of traumatic human despair that is turned inward anempfiehlt lack of facilitation of self-destructive despair. The open end points out that even under these circumstances, it can lead a more or less functional existence that can be described but only with cynical undertones as life.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: Jonas Country of production: Germany Year of production: 1957 Length: 81 (Min) Published by: ( #) Alive – Sales and Marketing format: 4:3 tone / language: Dolby Digital 2.0, German EAN: 4260155290046 Extras: booklet with information and background stories, film discussion with Michael Althen

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