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Phantasus Must Change

GER 1983, 9 min

Schlingensief shouts into the camera: Everything will be different now! The first film of the “Trilogy on Film Criticism”.


There have always been attempts to block our view, to make people think that the way is free, the way is clear, but only as far as we want. There has always been a cry for awakening and change – NOW EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT!

PHANTASUS MUST CHANGE is the first part of the “Trilogy on Film Criticism”, which also includes WHAT HAPPENED TO MAGDALENA YOUNG? and TUNGUSKA – THE CRATES ARE HERE. The trilogy is Schlingensief’s personal settling of accounts with the New German Film and the attempt to make a new beginning.


Director, Screenplay, Editor and Producer
Christoph Schlingensief
Augustin Profi, Irene Fischer, Christoph Schlingensief, Christa Towet, Karl Heinz Opacki, Nikolaus Hein, Familie Holletschek
Produced by
DEM Film
German Premiere
19.04.1983, Oberhausen, Gloria


PHANTASUS MUSS ANDERS WERDEN has been released on the DVD CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF UND SEINE FILME, which is also included in the DVD box for the GERMANY TRILOGY.

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DCP (2K, 25 fps)
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