TAG DER IDIOTEN

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TAG DER IDIOTEN

Werner Schroeter
BRD, 1981
Fiction, 110min, OF

TAG DER IDIOTEN

Werner Schroeter
BRD, 1981
Fiction, 110min, OF

Cast: 
Carole Bouquet
Carol
Ida di Benedetto
Schwester Elisabeth
Ingrid Caven
Dr. Laura
Christine Kaufmann
Ruth
Tamara Kafka
Die Neue
Hermann Killmeyer
Markus
Magdalena Montezuma
Zigeunerin
Mostafa Djadjam
Alexander
Fritz Schediwy
Dr. Bruno
Ula Stöckl
Katholikin
Ellen Umlauf
Marga
Screenplay: 
Dana Horakova
Werner Schroeter
Sound: 
Willi Schwadorf
Camera: 
Ivan Slapeta
Editor: 
Cathérine Brasier
Composer: 
Peer Raben
Decoration: 
Zbynek Hloch
Costume: 
Alberte Barsacq

Production: 
ART OKO Film
World Sales: 
ART OKO Film Mauerkircherstraße 3 81679 München, Deutschland T 89 987 666 art-oko-film@t-online.de
Format: 
35 mm
Color

With Tag der Idioten (Days of the Idiot) Schroeter perhaps draws upon his brief studies of psychology. The film centres around a passionate woman, Carole (played by the well-known French actress Carole Bouquet), who feels alienated and repressed by the highly institutionalised public and private spheres of Western society. Unable to extract any kind of emotional response from her reserved boyfriend, Carole seeks attention by falsely denouncing her neighbours as terrorists. With this detail, Schroeter briefly touches upon the panic and paranoia that was brought about by the German government crackdown on terrorism at its height during 1977, and Carole's subsequent institutionalisation in a mental asylum can be seen as an allegory for a society wishing to suppress radical activity of any sort. In Tag der Idioten Schroeter returns to a less linear narrative structure, more reminiscent of the episodic films of his second phase. He employs numerous hallucinatory sequences in order to convey the protagonist's state of mind. Furthermore, much of the film's meaning is delivered through Carole's body, facial expressions and gestures rather than through dialogue, and the film's montage serves to create spatial and temporal disorientation. Schroeter again won the German Film Prize for best direction for this film. (Michelle Langford)