[Marxism] Jerichow

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 14 11:33:23 MDT 2009


The thematic and stylistic similarities between “Jerichow”, the new film 
directed by German director Christian Petzold opening at the Film Forum 
in N.Y. tomorrow, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys” is striking. 
Both use the MacGuffin of automobile mishaps to set plots about marital 
infidelity into motion, and both embrace the minimalism becoming more 
and more pervasive as an international style—regrettably.

Jerichow is a small town in northeastern Germany, where we first meet 
Thomas, a dishonorably discharged soldier who had served in Afghanistan 
and who has come home to live in the house of his recently deceased 
mother. Like many East Germans, he is without a steady job and forced to 
seek temporary and highly menial work harvesting cucumbers.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/jerichow/




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