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Antigone Film Series: Germany in Autumn
September 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
In collaboration with Screen/Society (now Stream/Society), we are pleased to announce an international film series on Antigone. While not strict adaptations, these films take up themes of political violence and contested burials in ways that resonate with Sophocles’ tragedy. Each film will be introduced by a scholar and there will be a Zoom discussion afterwards.
Antigone Film Series
Germany in Autumn
An experimental anthology of short fiction and documentary films chronicling seven weeks of political terrorism in Germany in 1977.
Germany in Autumn is a montage film including segments from 11 directors, all of which reflect on the tragic events of autumn 1977, when ex-SS public official Hanns Martin Schleyer, was kidnapped and murdered by the Red Army Faction (aka Baader-Meinhof group), 3 of whose members mysteriously died in prison. Opening with the official burial of Schleyer and ending with the police-interrupted burial of the Red Army Faction members, the film as a whole is structured by the differential burial to which the “friend” and “enemy” of the state are subjected. Germany in Autumn thus echoes the differential burial to which Creon subjects Eteocles and Polyneices in Sophocles’ ancient tragedy, Antigone. Yet Antigone makes more than one appearance in Germany in Autumn. On the one hand, Fassbinder replays the agon between Creon and Antigone in his own confrontation of his mother’s support for the dictatorship. On the other hand, Volker Schlöndorff’s segment forces the ancient tragedy to become comic, in order to circumvent the authoritarian censure of trying to critically visit Germany’s fascist past and its liberal afterlife.
Friday, September 11, 2020
7 – 9:30 p.m. EDT
Introduced by Stefani Englestein
Professor and Chair of German Studies
Followed by Zoom discussion