2014, Thu, Apr 03

The Emergence of Civilization from Paradise and Terror, and the Principle of the City

Film by Alexander Kluge

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis / Skyline of Shanghai | right: Joan Campderrós-i-Canas, CC BY 2.0, Collage

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis / Skyline of Shanghai | right: Joan Campderrós-i-Canas, CC BY 2.0, Collage

D: Alexander Kluge, Germany 2014, 90 min, Eng. subtitles, introduction by the director

The peaceful coexistence of strangers in a confined space is considered the starting point of civilization: 26 sequences sketch the principle of the city, from the megacities of Uruk and Babylon – which the oldest myths compared to paradise – to the terror of Aššur, to the “city in us.”