FAH-DENG German Movies Series: “Baal” (1969)
|24 Feb 2016|
Movie Length: 88 mins
Language: German with English subtitles
Volker Schlöndorff transposes Bertolt Brecht’s late-expressionist work to latter-day 1969. Poet and anarchist Baal lives in an attic and reads his poems to cab drivers. At first feted and later rejected by bourgeois society, Baal roams through forests and along motorways, greedy for schnapps, cigarettes, women and men. After the film was broadcast on West German television, Brecht’s widow Helene Weigel prohibited any further screenings, arguing that the social circumstances engendering Baal’s rebelliousness had not been adequately explained. The ban was only lifted in 2014 when the film was showed at Berlinale.
|All are welcome|
|German with English subtitles|
|FAH - Department of English|