Found in: Weimar Sundays
Abwege

Abwege

classified 12A

Weimar Sundays

Film

Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Director
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Cast
Gustav Diessl, Brigitte Helm, Hertha von Walther
Details
107 mins, 1928, Germany
Primary language
German

The affluent lawyer Thomas Beck neglects his wife Irene in favour of work and she embarks on a romance with a painter. Beck manages to prevent the pair from taking off to Vienna together, but in response, Irene throws herself wholeheartedly into Berlin’s nightlife.

A great realist of Weimar-era cinema, G.W. Pabst uses a marital crisis to paint a shimmering portrait of society. Camerawork that is as unchained as Irene herself delves into a whirling world of luxury and vice, it lays out drug use and prostitution both in the bohemian milieu and among the putative better set. And like the painter in the film, the camera is beguiled by Irene’s gaze as it caresses actress Brigitte Helm.

Wrapped in recherché robes and furs, Helm embodies a woman trapped in the gilded cage of marriage. And Irene’s attempt to flee is less of a threat to the continued existence of that institution than the ‘new woman’, with her bobbed hair and cigarette holder, which make a fascinating appearance in the film.

Digitally restored by DCP Filmmuseum München and with live piano musical accompaniment by John Sweeney. The film will be introduced by film critic and historian Pamela Hutchinson.

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Audio Description
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
S
Subtitled
Times TBC
To be confirmed