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Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge was born 1932 in Halberstadt, Germany and lives in Munich. He is a film director, intellectual, a storyteller, and a cultural critic. He studied Law, History and Music at universities in Marburg and Frankfurt am Main and received his doctorate in Law in 1956. During his studies in Frankfurt, Kluge became acquainted with Theodore Adorno at the Institute for Social Research. In 1958 Adorno introduced Kluge to Fritz Lang, unexpectedly initiating his interest in film. Kluge is one of the key figures in reviving German cinema and a major force in the genesis and development of New German Cinema. He was among those who penned the inflammatory Oberhausen Manifesto, a document signed by 26 irate young German filmmakers at the 1962 Oberhausen Film Festival. In 1962 Kluge became director of the film institute at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Germany. In 1988, he began working for German cable television on the RTL and SAT1 channels. His incredible visual creativity is expressed in couple of hundreds feature and TV films, among them Yesterday Girl, 1966; Artists in the Big Top: Perplexed, 1968; Part-Time Work of a Female Slave, 1973; The Power of Emotion, 1983; Blind Director: The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time, 1985.