USA/GER 1982, 109 min
Beautiful things shouldn't really come from Karstadt, but they do.
Brookburg, April 30, 1975, the first day of peace, in the office of memory. A young artist, specialist in the separateness of cultures, tries the analysis of his brutal sentimentality. Intellectual American TV babies practice before his eyes the analysis of their feelings on the medium of soap, which must remain incomprehensible to him because he deprived it as a child. He is left with the isolation of his work. Following an unconscious grid, he collects attractive-seeming sentences in battalions of notebooks, where the sense of images also applies to language: the anarchy of simultaneity that makes possible the life that destroys history.
The separate places and times are woven together. Country borders run between makeshift kitchen and adjoining apartment office, where a changing staff performs sentences interpreting the facts of love, death, and paranoia.
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Language: German, English (the German parts are without English subtitles)
Most acerbic remark: Heinz Emigholz, when asked by an irate viewer to define the audience for whom he had made his film NORMALSATZ (Normalsatz is set in Brookburg, a synthetic city comprised of equal parts of Manhattan and Hamburg whose inhabitants speak both German and English), replied, ‘Airline stewardesses’. (Amy Taubin, THE SOHO NEWS, 16. März 1882)
- Berlinale - Internationales Forum des Jungen Films 1982
- Feature Film Award of the German Film Critics 1982
Director, Director of Photography and Editor
Sheila McLaughlin, Hannes Hatje, Lynne Tillman, Silke Grossmann, Peter Blegvad, Marcia Bronstein, Carla Liss, Carola Regnier, Kiev Stingl, Hilka Nordhausen, David Marc, John Erdman, Heinz Emigholz, Martha Wilson, Klaus Wyborny, Christoph Derschau, Ann Knutson, Bernd Broaderup
Heinz Emigholz ("Straight Off the Movies" by David Marc, "The Interpretation of Facts" by Lynne Tillman, "Specimen of Table-Model Talk" by Daniel Czitrom und David Marc), Drawings by Peter Blegvad
Marcia Bronstein, Gabriel Berdé, Vincenz Nola
With the support of
Silke Grossmann, Marcia Bronstein, Hannes Hatje, Elfi Mikesch, Sheila McLaughlin, Peter Blegvad, Cynthia Beatt, Renée Shafransky, Anke Rixa-Hansen, Rüdiger Neumann, Helene Kaplan, Helmut Herbst, Elke Granke, Street Visions, B-Pictures, Buch Handlung Welt, BMI, Rafik, Filmhaus Hamburg, Millenium, Henry, Raw Magazine and Paranoids Anonymous Newsletter
16.02.1982, Berlinale - Forum