<i>Heldenplatz, 12. März 1988.</i> 1991. Austria. Directed by Johannes Rosenberger. Image courtesy sixpackfilm
  • The Excluded

    1982. Austria. Franz Novotny. 97 min.

  • Heldenplatz, 12. März 1988

    1991. Austria. Johannes Rosenberger. 3 min.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Excluded

    1982. Austria. Directed by Franz Novotny. Screenplay by Elfriede Jelinek, Novotny. With Rudolf Wessely, Emmy Werner, Paulus Manker. Co-scripted by Vienna’s literary genius and Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek from her eponymous novel, Die Ausgesperrten is the closest that Austrian cinema has ever come to the Fassbinderian confluence of historical re-imagination and violent melodrama. Taking unrestrained pleasure in all things sexual and “actionist,” this story of late 1950s Viennese teenagers on a rampage is one of the defining moments in the development of a critical discourse on Austria’s postwar fate. Austrian parents who were criminally complicit in furthering Nazi aspirations during the war attempt to preserve the tidiness of family life, while their children enact as many games of rebellion—at Schönbrunn Castle, in an “Existentialist” jazz club, on the shores of the Wienfluss—that their dreary and repressive postwar/Cold War town can muster. “You must not beat people up out of hate,” young Rainer admonishes. “You must do it gratuitously, as an end in itself.“ Ripe for rediscovery, this colorful film is made of the stuff of bad dreams. Courtesy Filmarchiv Austria, Sascha Film, and Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion. In German; English subtitles. 97 min.

  • Heldenplatz, 12. März 1988

    1991. Austria. Directed by Johannes Rosenberger. Screenplay by Michael Palm, Rosenberger. Expressing vomitous disgust over the presidency of former Nazi Kurt Waldheim, this “Wehrmacht performance“ takes place on Vienna’s vast Heroes’ Square, the historical site of Hitler’s legendary Anschluss speech as well as subsequent, more democratic mass gatherings. Courtesy sixpack film. 3 min.

In the Film exhibition Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema

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