” the film chronicles three generations of architects and their personal association with – and ancestral legacy through – St. Anthony’s Abbey and, in the process, presents an incisive and relevant portrait of a traumatized nation’s culturally fostered (but publicly unarticulated) xenophobia, suppressed memory, deliberate inaction, and tacit support for (and therefore, condoned harboring of) war criminals into positions of power, authority, and influence in postwar Germany. ”
FILM RE-WATCHED: EUROPA 2005, 27 OCTOBRE (2006, Jean-Marie Straub + Danièle Huillet, A+++++++++++++++)
Could two deaths inspire 2,900 rioters?
“riots began on Thursday 27 October 2005, triggered by the deaths of two teenagers in Clichy-sous-Bois, a poor commune in an eastern banlieue (suburb) of Paris. Initially confined to the Paris area, the unrest subsequently spread to other areas of the Île-de-France région, and spread through the outskirts of France’s urban areas, also affecting some rural areas. After 3 November it spread to other cities in France, affecting all 15 of the large aires urbaines in the country. Thousands of vehicles were burned, and at least one person was killed by the rioters. Close to 2900 rioters were arrested.”
Olaf Möller on EUROPA 2005, 27 OCTOBRE: