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Brutality in Stone (1961)

Brutalität in Stein (original title)
In his experimental short film _Brutalitaet in Stein_ (brutality in stone), Alexander Kluge demonstrates how Nazi architecture used dimensions of inhuman and super-human scale to bolster ... See full summary »
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In his experimental short film _Brutalitaet in Stein_ (brutality in stone), Alexander Kluge demonstrates how Nazi architecture used dimensions of inhuman and super-human scale to bolster the regime's politics of the same kind. Shots of huge neo-classical architectural structures from the Nazi period are confronted with equally anti-human national-socialist language as a voice-over. Written by Anonymous

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As a movie not effective enough
22 June 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Brutality in Stone" is a German short film that runs for little over 10 minutes and was made 55 years ago. It was made by the duo Alexander Kluge and Peter Schamoni. Kluge is one of Germany's most impactful filmmakers of the second half of the 21st century while Schamoni also has a good deal of memorable work under his belt, including an Academy Award nomination. When the two made this short movie here, this was still very early in their careers and both were pretty young. Same can be said about the two narrators Clarin and Marschall.

This film was made 15-20 years after the Nazi reign in Germany. It deals with architecture mostly, but also includes speeches by high-profile German politicians from the first half of the 1940s including Hitler and some of his closest cabinet members. I personally was not too impressed with the content. It is all cold facts basically, but there is no emotion in here really and I also don't have the greatest interest in architecture, even if I have always been curious about the details of Nazi Germany. It also could not really attract my attention as it's basically just a collection of photographs. Nonetheless I must say that the audio comments elevated the weak visual material by a lot. Overall, it is worth checking out, but not a must-see by any means. If you are really interested in the topic of architecture, you will maybe enjoy this more than I did. Still, there are many other, in my opinion superior documentaries out there that deal with the darkest era in German history.


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