Nekromantik

  • 70'
  • Germany
  • 1987
This dark study in morbid perversity was on its release banned in several countries because of its disgusting and bloody character, but afterwards acquired status for its artistic and philosophical layers. The film is firmly in the German traditions of romance - with death and fatal desire for an impossible love as main themes - and of the Expressionist Gothic cinema from between the wars. It is also supposedly about a history that the German people haven't come to terms with.
A street sweeper by the name of Schmadtke, who acts after the gruesome accidents occur in public space, surprises his wife with a fresh corpse, on which they live out their necrophiliac fantasies together. When Schmadtke loses his job, his wife leaves him and takes their beloved corpse. As revenge, Schmadtke kills the cat and takes a bath in his blood and entrails. Even more follows; even a sequel in 1991.


Director
Jörg Buttgereit
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
1987
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
70'
Medium
35mm
Language
German
Producer
Manfred Jelinski
Sales
Jörg Buttgereit
Screenplay
Franz Rodenkirchen, Jörg Buttgereit
Cinematography
Uwe Bohrer
Editor
Manfred Jelinski, Jörg Buttgereit
Music
Hermann Kopp, Daktari Lorenz, John Boy Walton
Cast
Jörg Buttgereit