Günter Peter Straschek - Emigration–Film–PoliticsWalther König
The Austrian Günter Peter Straschek as well as Hartmut Bitomsky, Harun Farocki, and Helke Sander were part of the first class to begin studying at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (German Film and Television Academy, DFFB) in West Berlin in 1966. The film students associated with the New Left and documented social problems, recorded demonstrations, and supported campaigns. Straschek’s first film, Hooray for Mrs. E. (1966), is a sober portrait of a mother who supplements her welfare income with prostitution. His Western for the SDS (1967–68) portrays the development of the left as a learning process among women who sharpen their awareness in the movement but continue to have no say. In the early 1970s, Straschek turned to film history. While working on his Handbook against Cinema (1975), he came across the topic that would occupy him until his death: the exile of filmmakers from Nazi Germany. Over 2000 people working in the film industry were forced to flee the Nazis, from celebrities such as Billy Wilder and Lotte H. Eisner to the countless now forgotten actors, editors, and writers.
This first publication on Günter Peter Straschek includes contributions by Johannes Beringer, Werner Dütsch, Yilmaz Dziewior, Julia Friedrich, Elfriede Jelinek, Imme Klages, Volker Pantenburg, Karin Rausch, Stefan Ripplinger, Eran Schaerf, and correspondence between Straub, Huillet, and Straschek.
Günter Peter Straschek
In the series HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig
Straschek: HIER UND JETZT im Museum Ludwig
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2018
Softcover, 230 x 230 mm
336 pages, 219 illustrations
English and German text