Journeys from Berlin/1971
Directed by Yvonne Rainer
“Without a doubt the most ambitious, most risk-taking work of Rainer’s cinematic career.”—B. Ruby Rich
Rainer’s fourth feature, inspired by her experiences living in West Berlin in 1976 and ’77, when the activities of right-wing terrorists were at their height, offers an audacious, collage-like meditation on state power, repression, violence, and revolution. Vaulting between aerial images of British landscapes, intertitles, fragments of Rainer’s teenage diary, and one unseen couple’s debate (voiced by Amy Taubin and Vito Acconci) over the demise of the RAF, the film is illuminated by a lead performance from the late art and film critic Annette Michelson as a patient undergoing psychoanalysis, whose every gesture was choreographed elaborately by Rainer over a nine-month period.
Journeys from Berlin/1971 has been restored in 4K by the Museum of Modern Art and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation. Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber is the sole worldwide distributor of this film.
This title is a digital-only release.
Other Rainer films include:
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