Relishing his political and sexual prospects in postwar Germany, a former Nazi colonel muses on the stupidity of the bourgeoisie, who can be easily duped in the voting booth and in the bedroom. Straub-Huillet’s first released film is a powerful, almost surreal distillation of Heinrich Böll’s story, skewering the German soul though gallows humor, an interior monologue of calculation and cynicism, and a montage of jingoistic newspaper headlines. Straub would observe that the film is “built on the equation M [military] = M3 [murder].”
35mm, b/w, in German with English subtitles, 18 min. DIR/SCR: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet. Based on “Bonn Diary,” by Heinrich Böll. CAST: Erich Kuby, Renate Langsdorff.