Tribute: Harun Farocki

Zwischen zwei Kriegen

Between Two Wars
Harun Farocki
BRD 1978
85min
V'14

ZWISCHEN ZWEI KRIEGEN is a film about the time of the blast furnaces (1917 to 1933), about the development of an industry, about a perfect machinery which had to run itself to the point of its own destruction. The essay from the Berlin filmmaker, Harun Farocki, on heavy industry and the gas of the blast furnace, convinces through the author’s cool abstraction and manic obsession and through the utilization of a single example of the self-destructive character of capitalistic production: “The image of the blast furnace gas is real and metaphoric; an energy blows away uselessly into the air. Guided through a system of pipes, the pressure increases. Hence, a valve is needed. That valve is the production of war materiel.” ZWISCHEN ZWEI KRIEGEN is also a film about the strains of filmmaking and a reflection on craft and creation. Farocki distances himself radically from the thoughtless sloppiness of average television work. The clarity and the precise ordering of his black and white images, which do not illustrate thoughts but are themselves thoughts, are reminiscent of the late Godard. The poverty of this film – its production took six years – is at the same time its strength. (Hans C. Blumenberg, “Die Zeit”, February 2, 1979)

Credits
  • Ingemo Engström - Nurse
  • Hartmut Bitomsky - Soldier
  • Jeff Layton - Furnaceman
  • Renée Schlesier - Mourner
  • Stephan Mattusch - Engineer
  • Willem Menne - Engineer
  • Peter Fitz - Engineer
  • Harun Farocki
  • Ingo Kratisch
  • Axel Block
  • Harun Farocki
  • Gerhard Jensen
  • Ursula Lefkes
  • Ursula Lefkes
Harun Farocki Filmproduktion
Harun Farocki Filmproduktion
Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek
16 mm
bw
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