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Mother's Mask (1988) Christoph Schlingensief

Mother's Mask (1988)
aka Mutters Maske
 Genre: Black Comedy
Country: West Germany | Director: Christoph Schlingensief
Language: German | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 79mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 768x576 - 25fps - 1.35gb

Mutters Maske aka Mother's Mask is a free adaptation of the film Opfergang (1944) aka The Great Sacrifice of Veit Harlan. Using motives from Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal aka Flowers of Evil Schlingensief draws the drama of a family settled in the Ruhr aristocracy. The hated mainstream cinema is lead ad absurdum by using and overstraining it's rule observance. An important moment, also for Schlingensief's later theatre work: he makes acquaintance with the stylistic device of affirmation. By a voluntary ridiculousness he reduces the tragicomedy to the level of a daily soap.

Visconti meets "Dallas" in Schlingensief's official remake of Veit "Jud Süss" Harlan's "The Great Sacrifice" (1944)!

Schlingensief exposes his source material's dangerous proximity to kitsch and camp by reducing the genre conventions known from Harlan, Sirk, Fassbinder & Co to the level of a daily soap: set within a noble family from the German Ruhr, Schlingensief's story revolving about Willy von Mühlenbeck's tragic love to terminally ill neighbor girl Äls (Susanne Bredehöft) and the inheritance intrigues by his evil brother Martin von Mühlenbeck (Helge Schneider) creaks with melodramatic devices and self-conscious dialogues. Rather than being a mere spoof, "Mother's Mask" is perhaps Schlingensief's purest black comedy.

With Udo Kier as The Demonical Man From Child Protection Services!
 Mother's Mask (1988)

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