AUS EINEM DEUTSCHEN LEBEN (German version only)

Film&Discussion | 31.05.2022

Bundesplatzkino | Berlin

Cooperation of the C.G. Jung Society Berlin with Bundesplatz-Kino and dfk*films

Tuesday, 31.05.2022 at 8:30 pm
Moderation: Edith Rosin | Speaker: Donat Keusch * Gabriele Sindler

D 1977 | 145′ | Written & directed by Theodor Kotulla based on a novel by Robert Merle
with: Götz George | Kurt Hübner | Elisabeth Schwarz | Hans Korte | Matthias Fuchs

The life of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höß, uniquely embodied by Götz George.

AUS EINEM DEUTSCHEN LEBEN is based on the novel Der Tod ist mein Beruf (Death is My Profession) by the French Robert Merle, who was able to draw on numerous documents because Höß, despite false papers identifying him as Franz Lang, was arrested alive and willingly gave information. He saw himself as a recipient of orders and thus represents the prime example of a high-ranking desk jockey of the Nazi regime.

Kotulla’s 1977 feature film traces the career of its protagonist, named Franz Lang. AUS EINEM DEUTSCHEN LEBEN dispenses with a pronounced staging, which would always be a judgment as well. Without musical accompaniment, the film describes the most important events in Franz Lang’s life in fourteen chapters. With his non-judgmental approach, Kotulla gives the audience the opportunity for level-headed reflection: at what point in his “career” could Lang have left this system?

Lang’s career seems almost unspectacular and straightforward, the genocide he organized inevitable. AUS EINEM DEUTSCHEN LEBEN succeeds in illustrating the nature of an authoritarian system and documenting the despondency of the individual.

A rare opportunity to see and discuss this outstanding film work in the cinema, which is unfortunately more topical than ever.

About the speakers:
Edith Rosin studied psychology at the FU Berlin, trained as an analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute Berlin, working in her own practice since 1996. Since 2012 lecturer for Active Imagination at the Lindau Psychotherapy Days.
Donat Keusch studied psychology and journalism. Experience in film distribution, world sales, production, screenwriting and as a teacher. Most successful film: “YOL – The Way” (Golden Palm). For 30 years working as a screenplay analyst/consultant/writer under pseudonym or unnamed. Motto: “The screenplay is the film!”
Gabriele Sindler Political Scientist | Screenplay Expert | Lecturer

Location: Bundesplatz-Kino | Bundesplatz 14 | 10715 Berlin
Fee: 10,50 € | reduced 9 €