Alexander Kluge, filmmaker, is less well-known in the United States than his compatriots Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. His reputation here “is still narrowly associated with the 1962 Oberhausen Manifesto,” which declared the need for a new German film.
But Kluge is also “one of the undisputed intellectual giants of postwar Germany,” a writer, theorist, and television pioneer, founding the Development Company for Television Program (DCTP) in 1987. His prolific career has spanned nearly six decades. A long weekend of programming at Goethe-Institut, Anthology Film Archives and MoMA catches New York up with his important interdisciplinary oeuvre.
Kluge will participate in “a soiree with literature, film, and music with special guest, Brooklyn-based author Ben Lerner” at the Goethe-Institut on Sunday October 23 at 5:30 pm. The evening will include a reading and discussion of Kluge’s 2015 book “The Great Hour of Kong” (Kongs große Stunde).
On Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, Anthology Film Archives, which inaugurated its 22 Second Avenue location in 1988 with an Alexander Kluge retrospective, will screen of some of his acclaimed features from the 1960s-1980s, and also provide the “rare opportunity to dip into the vast body of video work he’s created over the past 30 years.” Kluge will be in person at Saturday’s 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 8:45 pm screenings.
A program produced by Kluge especially for MoMA‘s Modern Mondays, “consists of three parts: the first centering on events like ‘Bataclan’ (Paris attacks, November 13, 2015), the second on labor and security (Tchernobyl, with Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich), and the third on the strange answers that operas give to our time.” A conversation with the artist will follow each section. (Monday, October 24, 7:00 pm.)