A film by / Ein Film von
A Videotape by
Die vermuteten Assoziationen und Bilder-stürze des sterbenden Luther, dargestellt mit Filmen, Texten und Bildern aus dem Stadtfest
LUTHER IST TOT, reflektiert im Anspruch, aus Geschichte zu lernen.
1 Zoll Farbe 45 Min. 1984
Buch/Regie: Frank Burckner
Bildregie: Hartmut Jahn
Kamera 1: Armin Fausten Kamera 2: Tom Preiss
Ton: E. Makkosch, A. Martin Toncollagen: Matthias Maile
J.L.Tinfiche, K. Preiss
Aufnahmeleitung Juliane Kamolz
Schnitt: Goetz Meyer
Studio provideo berlin Tonstudio gep Berlin:
Charly Wiesenthal Bernhard Voss Festproduktion:
Szene: Maya Dubois Großfiguren: Uwe Krieger Kostüme:
D. Brocke E. Hamme
Finanzen: Wolfgang Maaß
es spielten und sprachen:
Luther-Bauernfeind: Gerhard Friedrich
Luther-Prophet: Eberhard Wechslberg
Eric Vaessen, Manuel Vaessen, Rainer Pigulla, Ulrich Hass, Erich Schwarz, Andreas Bißmeyer, Krikor Melikyan, Peter Schlesinger, Klaus Jepsen, Manfred Petersen, Helmut Kraus, Jons Dengler
Lied: Dirk Vogeley
Böhm, Hoffmann, Jaenicke, Wageringel
Berliner Laienspieler aus ev. und kath. Gemeinden, aus Schulen und der Jugendarbeit, Ärzte, Studenten, Rechtsanwälte und Pfarrer spielten: Bettler, Bauern, Schwärmer, Städter, Brauer, Bader, Nonnen und Mönche, Marketenderinnen und Landsknechte, Ritter und Rittersfrauen, Studenten, Hanswürste, Büttel, Drucker, Richter und Angeklagte, Gerichtsschreiber, Henker und Henkersknechte, Ausrufer und Herolde, das NARRENSCHIFF von Sebastian Brandt, Stücke von Hans Sachs, 'Von dem großen lutherischen Narren' nach Th. Murner und Animateure.
Stadtfest an der Philharmonie, St.-Matthäus-Kirche Berlin (West), 30.10.1983
A Hartmut Jahn Filmproduktion Berlin
for Evangelisches Bildungswerk Berlin - Haus der Kirche - 1983.
LUTHER IS DEAD - a festival, a film with seventy thousand people.
The festival: Luther's 5ooth birthday. Birthday 1983 At 4 p.m. the first act begins: Luther's death anniversary, his last hour. At 5 p.m. the dawn begins: the news of Luther's death is received differently by friends, by princes, townspeople, peasants, beggars and the Catholic classes. Luther's life stages are played out by six different actors, huge puppets high above the heads of the visitors: Frederick the Wise, Charles V, Fugger and Luther in the struggle for power and people. Night. At 7 p.m. the rocket is discovered behind the uncovered devil: Present 1983
The film: We call the film 'LUTHER IS DEAD' despite all the difficulties that this very title caused internally. It is a statement, a provocation and, for many, a lament - let it remain so. The complex, yet generally comprehensible language of the film montage made it possible to assemble the time of Luther, his language, the visitors to the festival site and our time from images and fragments of language as they might once again become visible and audible to a dying man in his last hour of death, according to a common assumption. The original sound from the celebration reflects the interest and excitement of the visitors and at the same time the public into which Luther worked and in which he wanted to work. The original pictures show the dynamic of movement, the gradually developing upright walk. The wind of corpses, which ends with the political balance sheet of Fugger and Charles V, is an adaptation of the wind blowing in Bergen - Belsen.
Luther's sentence 'But the just shall live by his faith' is a sentence of crisis: God's promise to man, heard anew in the crisis. Habakkuk spoke it when the Assyrian Empire fell, Paul when Rome burned under Nero, Augustine when the Roman Empire collapsed, then Luther. Sartre too might have said it in his own way. It is the belief that man remains upright or becomes upright again when he wakes up among the ruins of his systems and his history and hears the call: Adam, where are you? Luther's interpretation of Moses I, 1,27 'God created man in his image' means: God creates man as creative, so that God and man cooperate in the further process of creation. We also need these two sentences to live today. Strength, imagination, disappointment and reason - and that faith: these connections were to be assembled so that a mirror emerges through whose facets we can step in order to walk ourselves, to learn to walk for ourselves and with one another.
Frank Burckner Manfred Richter
The workbook LUTHER IST TOT by Frank Burckner with the collaboration of other authors edited by Manfred Richter and Hartmut Walsdorff was published by Wichern Verlag, Berlin (West) 1983 and is out of sale.