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The Niklashausen Journey (1970)

Die Niklashauser Fart (original title)
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 ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Michael König Michael König ... Hans Boehm
Hanna Schygulla ... Johanna
Margit Carstensen ... Magarethe
Michael Gordon Michael Gordon ... Antonio
Günther Kaufmann ... Leader of the farmers (as Günter Kaufmann)
Kurt Raab ... Bishop
Franz Maron ... Magarethe's husband
Walter Sedlmayr ... Priest
Karl Scheydt ... Niklashausen citizen (as Karl Scheidt)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Karrer Chris Karrer ... Self (as Amon Düül II)
Hanna Köhler Hanna Köhler ... Sängerin
Peter Leopold Peter Leopold ... Self (as Amon Düül II)
Falk Rogner Falk Rogner ... Self (as Amon Düül II)
John Weinzierl John Weinzierl ... Self (as Amon Düül II)
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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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Untitled Jam
Written by Amon Düül II
Performed by Amon Düül II
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Paintings with commentary
17 June 2006 | by xaviertoySee all my reviews

I've always known Fassbinder was a kindred spirit, but after watching his highly political doctrine (hard to even call this a film) Niklashausen, I'm all the more certain. This film would appear to be a mouthpiece for his political views more than any other he made. Multilayered and extremely anti-capitalist (and anti-religious?), this slow-moving, religious fable is hard to watch, but full of inciting ideas. Each scene is set up like a painting and then only slightly changed or expanded upon. Most notably are a murder on the steps to a house and the crucifixion in front of a heap of demolished cars, complete with shirtless boy-choir and mourning onlookers. You can see influence everywhere from Derek Jarman to Peter Greenaway. This is one of the earliest art films of its kind. And it is an art film--a call to arms--. Or not one. Certainly not for someone seeking plot or story, but for sheer imagery and intelligence, it's astounding.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 October 1970 (West Germany) See more »

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The Niklashausen Journey See more »

Filming Locations:

Feldkirchen, Carinthia, Austria See more »

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DEM550,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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