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09-27-2002, 10:44 AM
What's your favorite film by German director Jörg Buttgereit and why?
09-27-2002, 08:30 PM
I picked Der Todes King because it's so dark and disturbing. It was a tough choice though, because all his films have that quality! Nekromantik would have to be second, followed by Nekromantik 2.
09-27-2002, 10:48 PM
What I find so utterly fascinating and compelling about his films is how they treat the disturbing and potentially exploitative material with a high degree of directorial style and artistry. Buttgereit's films are, despite your opinions on the subject matter, very well made! Perhaps that's why they're so effective! Does anyone know if BARRELL entertainment (having released NEKROMANTIK, SCHRAMM, and soon to release NEKROMANTIK 2) owns the rights to DER TODESKING? Will we ever see this masterpiece released on Region 1 DVD?!?!?!
09-27-2002, 10:59 PM
I would certainly like to see a good DVD release of Der Todes King. The VHS copy I have is watchable, but very fuzzy.
09-29-2002, 05:10 PM
DER TODESKING is definitely my favorite among Buttgereit's films, followed by Schramm. Necromantik remains a guilty pleasure though ;)
09-30-2002, 11:14 AM
DER TODESKING is my pick with SCHRAMM right behind it.
First off, suicide fascinates me, so an entire film about it is sure to appeal to me. :) The music works so well with the film also... you just can't watch this one and not feel depressed.
I also wish that Barrel will do an all-out release of this one as they did with the other Buttgereit films.
09-30-2002, 11:24 AM
Well it seems like the logical step for Barrel... They gave us great editions of NEKROMANTIK and SCHRAMM, with a very promising sounding release of NEKROMANTIK 2 (with a bonus soundtrack disc!!! :))... I don't see why they would skip on releasing his best film... Does ANYONE know if they're planning on releasing DER TODESKING?!?!
09-30-2002, 02:05 PM
Buttgereit, what a maniac. I've only seen NECROMANTICK but I hope to track down all of his films 'cause I'm sure to dig 'em.
I noticed his name for (I think) a director's credit on the terriffic Sci-Fi TV show LEXX. I wonder how much TV work he's done? It's kind of like Gregory Dark directing music videos for Britney Spears.
09-30-2002, 02:38 PM
Jörg Buttgereit is currently attached to a film project called BARCELONA BABYLON. The details are sketch, scratch that, REALLY sketchy... Here's a quote I found on the internet that makes it a point to say absolutely nothing...
The Meeting of the 3 Giants
Jörg Buttgereit, Olaf Ittenbach und Andreas Schnaas met 5.1.-6.1.02 in Erlangen to discuss their plan to do a movie with 3 directors. The meeting was very productive and had a family-touch to it. The upshot was the following: All 3 directors want to work together on a project (working title Barcelona Babylon). Now the project and concept can be presented to potential producers. Keep your fingers crossed.
Well, if this is going to turn out to be an episodic film, perhaps this can be seen as almost a sequel to his brilliant DER TODESKING. The Internet Movie Database lists this as "in production."
09-30-2002, 04:09 PM
I am the one vote for Necromantik 2. I do like all the films listed a great deal. But for me the most appealing is Necromantik 2.
There is someting about a necrophellic girl who during sex enjoys making out w/ a decomposing, decapitated head that settles oddly in my brain, call me weird. This scene is my favorite senerio of all of his films.
09-30-2002, 06:30 PM
And don't forget, he worked behind the scenes on the terrific, intelligent, hysterical and horrific KILLER CONDOMS, which had his influence written all over it. His work is frequently challenging (I find NEKROMANTIC 2 a tad bit overlong though), and it's this that makes his work so fascinating for me. The destructive of conservatism in SCHRAMM as two Jehovah's Witnesses are butchered and then placed in sexual positions mocking their religious belief system is unsettling and disturbing, yet we're forced to contemplate the actual effects of religion on individuals. His work is more multi-layered than people give it credit for, frequently attacking the establishment, but doing so with perhaps the darkest sense of humor I've ever encountered on the screen, along with a frankly horrific and artistic approach equalled by few. He's quickly becoming one of my modern-day heroes.
09-30-2002, 08:08 PM
He is great! I'd love to see more of his stuff. I still need to track down a copy of Schramm. I would LOVE a loaded release of Der Todesking.
09-30-2002, 09:51 PM
I read about that project with Ollaf and Schnass along time ago somewhere, I can't remember where though.
10-01-2002, 05:49 PM
Originally posted by Chris Workman
And don't forget, he worked behind the scenes on the terrific, intelligent, hysterical and horrific KILLER CONDOMS, which had his influence written all over it.
The Troma DVD of Killer Condom has an very funny and interesting audio-commentary with Buttgereit and the director of Killer Condom which alone is worth buying the disc.
10-02-2002, 01:55 AM
If I remember correctly H.R. Giger designed thos Killer Condoms.
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