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Not Reconciled or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules (Nicht versoehnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht)

Not Reconciled or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules
Scene from "Not Reconciled or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

The now forty-year-old structural engineer Robert Faehmel was drawn into a conspiracy by his friend Schrella in 1934 against the fascist brutality of a fellow classmate, Nettlinger, and a teacher. As a result of the scandal, Faehmel and Schrella were forced to flee to Holland.

Roughly 20 years later, Schrella returns to Germany and is arrested, since his name is still on a list of wanted criminals. And now none other than Nettlinger, in the meantime a very influential senior civil servant, has to get Schrella out of jail.

Faehmel was able to return to Germany much earlier since his parents negotiated a grant of amnesty for him, however under certain conditions: he had to fight in the war. Faehmel's parents witnessed both wars and while the events left little trace on his father, his mother's reactions to the savagery of war made her aggressive and depressive. Faehmel's wife – Schrella's sister – was killed in a bombing raid, leaving him alone with two young children to raise. The story of these three generations is built up in flashbacks set within the events of the 80th brithday of Faehmel's father.
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1965
Director Jean-Marie Straub
Screenplay Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
Cinematography Wendelin Sachtler
Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
Béla Bartok, Johann Sebastian Bach
Cast Henning Harmssen, Georg Zander, Ulrich Hopmann, Ernst Kutzinski, Ulrich von Thuena, Heiner Braun
Producers Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
Production Company Straub-Huillet Film/Munich
Runtime 53 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Bergamo 1965, London 1965, Pesaro 1966
Awards Best Film of the Year London 1965, Young Critics' Award Pesaro 1966
German Distributor Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek/Berlin

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