December 2016, arsenal cinema

Filmspotting. Exploring the Deutsche Kinemathek's Film Archive


Scenes from a marital crisis – Christian Rischert's first feature KOPFSTAND, MADAM!(West Germany 1966) reveals the ruptures and disparities already evident in gender relations in 1966 with wit and extraordinary clear-sightedness: Karin Hendrich is the mother of a young daughter. Before she got married, she was an interpreter. Her husband Robert can’t understand why she now wants to work again. As a shipyard engineer, he can give her everything! Does he suspect that Karin is cheating on him with Ulrich, one of his freelance workers? With him, Karin finds understanding for her desire for autonomy, yet he too is eventually revealed to be a "man of his time"...KOPFSTAND, MADAM!premiered at the last Berlinale Retrospective in a digitally restored version and was enthusiastically received. (ah)(19.12., with an introduction by Martin Koerber)