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History Lessons (1972)

Geschichtsunterricht (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 30 September 1973 (USA)
A shot from a car coursing through Rome in 1972 opens this interpretation of Brecht's unfinished experimental novel The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar. In a second part set in ... See full summary »

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Bertolt Brecht (novel)
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Cast overview:
Gottfried Bold Gottfried Bold ... Der Bankier
Johann Unterpertinger Johann Unterpertinger ... Der Bauer
Henri Ludwigg Henri Ludwigg ... Der Anwalt
Carl Vaillant Carl Vaillant ... Der Dichter
Benedikt Zulauf Benedikt Zulauf ... Der Junge Mann
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A shot from a car coursing through Rome in 1972 opens this interpretation of Brecht's unfinished experimental novel The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar. In a second part set in contemporary Rome, a young researcher discusses the economic and political manipulation that drove Caesar to power.

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Drama | History

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West Germany | Italy

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German

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30 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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Aula de História See more »

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Frascati, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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St Matthew Passion
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A film ahead of its time
25 November 2008 | by Ethan_FordSee all my reviews

As usual the Straubs take as their starting point a literary text,this time Brecht's novel "The Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar" which they use to deconstruct the harsh reality of Roman history.The dialogue is spoken in lengthy monologues by a peasant,a writer,a banker and a lawyer speaking directly to the camera.These dialogues are interspersed with three very long tracking shots of a car driven by a young man through the streets of modern Rome,a device which anticipates Kiarostami's "Ten" by thirty years.These modern scenes set up the dialectic between past and present,between the economic and civil corruption of ancient Rome with the decadence of its modern counterpart.While the ancient buildings have decayed,the same political and economic dilemmas which Brecht's characters describe still thrive amidst the new vistas of Rome's gleaming office blocks and skyscrapers.


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