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Wednesday Night Cinema Society 4/27/22

NOTRE NAZI - Robert Kramer 1985 France/West Germany 114 minutes (SD Quality)
grainy image of a balding man with a mustache looking at the camera with concern
Wed, Apr 27, 2022, 7:00 pm
Communications 150 (Studio C)

Robert Kramer documents in NOTRE NAZI the “behind the scenes” of the film WUNDKANAL, which was directed by Thomas Harlan. Harlan’s film is meant as an intervention, perhaps an attempt at a Tikkun. Dr. Alfred Filbert, a former SS-Obersturmbannführer, was brought to play himself but more so to be confronted by Harlan on a recording camera. Kramer documents the troubling filming process and the interactions between Harlan and the Filbert. WUNDKANAL becomes itself the stage, the ritual that engages Filmbert (who is very different than the unremorseful protagonists of Joshua Oppenheimer’s 2012 ACT OF KILLING). Kramer's film is the documentation of that performance, observing both the camera's subject and the intrusive camera itself, as well as the reaction of the crew, becoming a meditation on the place or no-place for cinema as a ritual for healing or vengeance. 

Read Film Comment’s Kent Jone’s description here: