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The Captive Man: Roland Klick's Neo-Genre Cinema

The Captive Man: Roland Klick's Neo-Genre Cinema

German cinema of the 1960s and 1970s is beloved internationally above all for the auteurs of the New German Cinema, chief among them Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Wim Wenders. But the post-war generation of West Germany created artistic personalities just as vivid and complex, but who were not able to achieve the same kind of festival-lauded fame as their compatriots. Roland Klick is such a personality, and deserves such fame. He worked on the outskirts of the New German Cinema, making movies that have much more in common with popular genre cinema than the intellectual art-house. Klick’s films chart a fervent quest for freedom. These are bold blasts of adventurous cinematic storytelling. This is a filmmaker to discover.

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Roland Klick West Germany, 1970

A contemporary of German New Wave filmmakers Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders, the too-underrated Roland Klick remains a director to discover. Fully embracing genre, this bracing neo-western cult classic, starring the great Mario Adorf and soundtracked by Can, is the perfect place to start.

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Roland Klick West Germany, 1974

From New German Cinema contemporary Roland Klick comes this 1970s masterpiece of youthful discontent. Fusing popular crime genres with gritty, street-level realism, it proves a fervid and rare direct gaze at West German society. Utterly relentless.

JIMMY ORPHEUS

Roland Klick West Germany, 1966

Roland Klick is the happy reject of the New German Cinema, making bold, adventurous movies, much more like popular genre cinema than the intellectual art-house. Jimmy Orpheus finds the punk-auteur with his characters on the night-time streets of Hamburg, reinventing cinema one jump cut at a time.

WHITE STAR

Roland Klick West Germany, 1983

The punk spirit of Roland Klick’s cinema finds actualization in this underdog tale of a rising musician and his overdetermined manager, a role devoured by Dennis Hopper, who noted it as the “most emotionally demanding movie I’ve ever made.” A painfully true portrait of the fight for art and life.