Die Parallelstrasse / The Parallel Street (1962) DVD9
It begins almost at the end of its story. The number 188 appears on screen, followed by a sound collage over black and finally by a black-and-white overhead shot of a sparsely furnished room, with five people (referred to as Participants) lined up at the bottom of the frame. A character known as the Minutetaker sits to the left of them. The Minutetaker informs the Participants that the second night's final "Document" screening is over and that they are dismissed for the day, but must come back for the third and final session.
The Minutetaker is our only direct link into an logical comprehension of what is appearing before our eyes. In the early minutes of the film he confesses to us his sorrow over how the five men cannot comprehend the documents are mirrors of their own existence. He comments on their futile efforts to make sense of what's before them. How they have made a meaningless chart and made rules that comes to nothing. He notes that they will fail, like all before them, and that at the end of the last 90 minute session their lives will end...

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:22:41 | 6.38 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Deutsch, Francais
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Experimental

Director: Ferdinand Khittl
Cast: Friedrich Joloff, Ernst Marbeck, Wilfried Schropfer, Herbert Tiede, Werner Uschkurat, Henry van Lyck
Country: West Germany

Several rare shorts by Ferdinand Khittl:
- Auf geht's 1955, 11'
- Eine Stadt feiert Geburtstag 1958, 15'
- Das magische Band 1959, 21'
- Ferdinand Khittl 1965 1965, 3'
- Ferdinand Khittl 1968 1968, 3'

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