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Heinrich Penthesilea von Kleist

HEINRICH PENTHESILEA VON KLEIST (Heinrich Penthesilea von Kleist) Hans Neuenfels, D 1983, 144 min

After the tragedy "Penthesilea" by Heinrich von Kleist

The film interweaves three layers: the centre is Kleist's play "Penthesilea". Like from a distance Kleist observes the relationship beween man and woman, when he transfers into mythical Greece what in his time became a problem for him in Prussia - and remains to be a problem also for us. The director's associations during the work form the second layer. Reality and fantasy blend to an imaginary biography of Kleist, the third layer. At the end of the film Kleist is identical with his title character Penthesilesa.

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Press Coverage

Kleist and Penthesilea, author and figure, are the mysterious subjects the director in the film sets out to explore. Neuenfels portrays himself as searching for clues. (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger/1984)

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