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Alexander Kluge was born in Halberstadt in 1932. He studied Law, History and Choral Music, completing his doctorate in 1956. He trained at CCC Films (including a time with Fritz Lang) and began making shorts in 1960. Kluge was one of the initiators of the Oberhausen Manifesto in 1962. Also in 1962, he became the director of the Institute of Film in Ulm, and established his own production company Kairos Film in 1963. His other films include, among others: YESTERDAY GIRL (1966), THE ARTISTS UNDER THE BIG TOP: PERPLEXED (1968) - winner of a Golden Lion in Venice 1968 and the German Film Award 1969, PART-TIME WORK OF A DOMESTIC SLAVE (1973), IN DANGER AND DIRE DISTRESS, THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD LEADS TO DEATH (1974), STRONGMAN FERDINAND (1976), GERMANY IN AUTUMN (1978), THE FEMALE PATRIOT (1979), THE POWER OF FEELSINGS (1983), THE BLIND DIRECTOR (1985), HAPPY LAMENTO (2018), and ORPHEA (2020). He is also a writer and received the Heinrich Kleist Prize in 1986 and the Lessing Prize in 1990. Since 1988, he has produced several cultural programs for television, and in 1992 received the Adolf Grimme Award in Gold for his TV-essay DAS GOLDENE VLIES UND DIE CATCH-PENNY-DRUCKE IN BLEI.