Yesterday Girl

Yesterday Girl


           Yesterday Girl
               Genre: Drama
               DDR, nurse, probation, the Oberhausen Manifesto, Braunschweig

The haunting installation of a women’s Fate

  It is the unfathomable abandonment of the young protagonist of Anita, this movie from 1966 will be to a moving piece about nostalgia, identity and the bleak melancholy of loss of back-bonding can be. Director Alexander Kluge, whose sister, Alexandra, with eerie intensity, the main character played by in farewell yesterday to be staged as uncomfortable as significant feature film debut, which came against the background of the Oberhausen Manifesto of 1962. Among the 18 signatories were also directors Alexander Kluge hired for a renewal of the German movie in the course of distancing from the dusty film industry after the war. “Papa’s cinema is dead!” was the motto of departure for new German film, with works such as Tschetan, the Indian boy by Hark Bohm, The young Törless by Volker Schlondorff, boy Roland Klick, It Ulrich Schamoni, love is colder than the death of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and represents just leave yesterday by Alexander Kluge is.

To 22 years old, has the dreamy eyes of a deeply sad loneliness and must be before the judge (Hans Korte responsible) for the theft of the jacket of a co-worker: The nurse Anita (Alexandra Kluge) it has at the end of 1950s from East Germany to West German devious Brunswick, where she now because of this crime first incarcerated and then sentenced to a suspended sentence of two years. The strictly moralistic wing of her probation officer escapes the young woman soon, which we experienced in interwoven images that she is Jewish and her previously well-off family, the horrors of Nazi regime has survived – but this aspect of their past wipes the judge with a brief gesture as slightly away. Anita takes a job in another city as the representative of record with foreign language learning programs and is briefly the mistress of her married boss, who sacked but soon. Once again, Anita moves on and learns the Ministerial Pichota (Günter Mack know), with whom she begins an affair, but even this failed relationship, and again the young woman wanders around disoriented …

at the International Venice Film Festival premiered and won the Special Jury Award and awards in four categories with the film strip in gold farewell presents from yesterday the touching portrait is a rough woman destiny that is not permanently linear was staged, but like a montage of sequences whose cutout character in semi-documentary manner suggests rather than running and explained. Displayed intertitles appear ordering the same comments that condense to accompany the impressively bleak picture of the tension between presence and personal history to a untentrinnbaren distance and solitude. Director and writer Alexander Kluge, who realized the film after his own literary production is the story of Anita G. preceded by a quotation from the writer and literary critic Reinhard Baumgart, “separates us from yesterday is no abyss, but the changed situation.” This multi-layered theme transported in the context of the German past a juggernaut of dimensions in which to lose track of the young traumatized woman finally acting. This is as dramatic narrative, in fact, a striking departure to new frontiers within the German film, here his departure from the shallow samples of the then celebrated in film production favors solidified very successful.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: Yesterday Girl Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 1966 Length: 84 (Min.) (# Released) at : Al! ve format: 4:3 tone / language: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German EAN: 4260155290053 Extras: (# ) booklet with information and background stories Talk with Andrew Platthaus

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