Markus Nechleba


Voted for

A Corner in Wheat1909D.W. Griffith
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
Roma città aperta1945Roberto Rossellini
A Diary for Timothy1946Humphrey Jennings
Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht1965Jean-Marie Straub
Shoah1985Claude Lanzmann
D'EST1993Chantal Akerman
Histoire(s) du Cinéma1988Jean-Luc Godard
West of the Tracks2002Wang Bing


G. Deleuze: “I believe that at the basis of art, there is this idea or this very strong feeling of ‘shame of being a man‘ that results in art consisting of liberating the life that men have imprisoned. … The artist is the one who liberates a life, a powerful life, a life that’s more than personal, it’s not his/her life.” (In: L’Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze, Theme “Résistance”; the quote - “shame of being a man” - is by Primo Levi).

Although the truth made apparent by these films is devastating, hurting and seemingly unreasonable, these films eventually let arouse something more than hope: faith – in possibilities, in the act … of resistance.

(And of course that’s not just because of the stories they tell, but, as Brecht/Godard would say, because of how the (Hi)story is told.)

Films in chronological order.