“Frankly, have you ever heard of anything stupider than to say to people as they teach in film schools, not to look at the camera?”
–Sandor Krasna in Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)
Funny Games (Michael Haneke, 1997) A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971) Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966) Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964) Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962) The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959) Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) The Last Laugh (F. W. Murnau, 1924) The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter, 1903)
“Flüstern Und Schreien- Ein Rockreport“ (”Whisper & Outcry - A Rock Report”), directed by Dieter Schumann in 1988:
a fascinating documentary that captures the late ‘80s punk/new wave scene of East Germany, featuring footage of rehearsals and live performances of bands, interviews with band members, as well as young people expressing their desire to protest through music against one of the most oppressive communist regimes in history.
It is one of the most unremittingly grim portraits of drug addiction ever filmed. That it is based on actual events makes it more heartbreaking. “Christiane F.” is the portrait of a young girl who between her 13th and 15th years went from a fairly average childhood into the horrors of drug addiction, prostitution and life on the brink of death. She lives in an apartment with her mother, and resents the regular presence of her mother’s boyfriend. With friends, she experiments with alcohol and pot, and then, after a rock concert (David Bowie, playing himself), she sniffs some heroin, “just out of curiosity.” Before long, she’s shooting heroin, and not much longer after that she is selling her body to buy it. (x)
Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (1981) dir. by Uli Edel