ROBERT KRAMER - OUR NAZI (1984) TBC!
Last year our special guest Penny Woolcott chose the Third Cinema classic The Hour of the Furnaces as her Lost Gem. This year Avi Mograbi has recommended Robert Kramer’s outstanding Notre Nazi as a very special and influential film. We can do nothing other than agree with him. In Notre Nazi the fiercely independent Kramer (a member of the Newsreel Network in the ‘60s) films the shooting of Wundkanal by Thomas Harlan in which the latter has hired a recently freed Nazi war criminal to play the role of a kidnappee undergoing an interrogation at the hands of leftist guerillas. Playing a thinly disguised version of himself shocking revelations abound and uncomfortable feelings are elicited. Kramer’s framing of the film seems to re-set fiction as reality and reality as fiction in a disorientating autopsy that brings a much wider psycho-social drama to light; one that troubles the edges of representation and sets off profound musings on the constructed nature of “history” and the continuing impact of that construction on our present realities.
Interview with Robert Kramer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5GECFpfEpx4VzN3X2JoOHJDQ1U/view?usp=sharing