this sounds pretty damn entertaining!
BEER WAR / BIERKAMPF
1976, 85 minutes, 16mm. In German with English subtitles.
A story of alienation, Oktoberfest, and suicidal police officers, BEER WAR stars Achternbusch as a trickster who, having stolen the uniform off the back of a policeman, infiltrates Oktoberfest, where he causes a ruckus and picks fights, all the while longing for unattainable human affection.
–Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 and Friday, June 11 at 9:15 at Anthology Film Archives.
About Herbert Achternbusch, the director, from Anthology Film Archives website:
“A prolific novelist, poet, dramatist, painter, and anarchist filmmaker from Bavaria, Herbert Achternbusch remains the least-known director from the New German Cinema movement that brought the work of Fassbinder, Wenders, Herzog, and others to international prominence. The prodigious author of some thirty books, eighteen plays, and numerous radio dramas, Achternbusch claims to have taken up filmmaking because it hurt to sit after writing so much. To characterize Achternbusch’s work is not easy. A short list of a few of his professed influences gives an indication: Jerry Lewis, John Ford, Charlie Chaplin, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and perhaps most important, Bavarian satirist of the Roaring Twenties, Karl Valentin [whose film THE CONFIRMATION is part of Anthology’s Essential Cinema collection].
“Situated in a no-man’s land between dream and reality, yet laced with references to actual events and to his own life, Achternbusch’s films comprise one of the most fiercely individualistic oeuvres in film history.” -Harvard Film Archive