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The Niklashausen Journey (1970)
"Die Niklashauser Fart" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  26 October 1970 (West Germany)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael König ...
Margit Carstensen ...
Michael Gordon ...
Günther Kaufmann ...
Leader of the farmers
Kurt Raab ...
Franz Maron ...
Magarethe's husband
Walter Sedlmayr ...
Karl Scheydt ...
Niklashausen citizen
Guenther Rupp ...
Bishop's advisor (as Günther Rupp)
Ingrid Caven ...
Screaming girl
Elga Sorbas ...
Helpless girl
Carla Egerer ...
Epileptic girl (as Carla Aulaulu)
Magdalena Montezuma ...
Sigi Graue ...


Can a small group of people start a proletarian revolution, asks the "Black Monk" in a leather jacket. The medieval shepherd, Hans Boehm, claims to have been called by the Virgin Mary to create a revolt against the church and the landowners. The "Black Monk" suggests that he would have more success if he dressed up Johanna and had her appear as the Virgin Mary. Written by Will Gilbert

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Fassbinderian brilliance, way ahead of its time (for him).
3 February 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

One of Fassbinder's first films, 'The Niklashausen Journey' might be the most explicitly political the filmmaker would ever get. Once again - as with all his earlier work that I've seen - Godard's influence is palpable, particularly the messy mythologizing he applied to revolutionaries in 'Weekend' (although from what I've read about Straub-Huillet and other first generation of filmmakers from the New German Cinema, the influences extend much farther beyond that). 'Niklashausen' is a scathing critique of both political radicals and the society that produces them. Unlike Godard, Fassbinder makes this a very specific society, a very German society. The movie draws very clear parallels between religion and revolution, questions both the means and ends of revolutionary violence, suggests similarities between this uprising and the one led by Hitler several decades earlier - and it completely dismisses the ruling class as worthless, absurd fools quick to devastation when their enemies are involved. It works on the viewer in unexpected ways, building on our empathy with the revolutionary cause, while nearly condemning the whole movement, to make us truly care about enacting change - it is not as depressingly claustrophobic as the summary would have you believe. Without the usual melodrama to carry the film along, it does feel like an emotionally distant version of Fassbinder's later films like 'In A Year of 13 Moons' or 'Querelle.' It is difficult to deny that the film is formally and structurally brilliant, however, and of immediate interest to anyone who wants to see yet another side of a genius manifesting itself for the first time, in one of his more fascinating experiments.

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