Jörg Ratgeb, Painter
(Jörg Ratgeb, Maler)
Jörg Ratgeb, Maler © DEFA-Stiftung, Dietram Kleist
This film, set in the early sixteenth century, thematizes the relationship between art and political responsibility.
On the eve of the German Peasants' Revolt, painter Joerg Ratgeb is occupied by a crisis of his own: finding a model for a Christ figure. He sets off on a journey to consult with his artistic role model, Albrecht Dürer. Although Ratgeb has always tried to stay out of the political conflict, his journey brings him face-to-face with peasant revolutionaries and the brutality and violence of their daily lives. These experiences help Ratgeb mature as a painter, and he uses his art to give voice to what he now perceives as a just cause.
|1978||Berlin International Film Festival|
“The established Babelsberg screenwriters [who worked on this film] were not interested in creating a biopic, but rather a parable that also had relevance for the present. [It’s] an action-packed movie for a wide audience! They were avowedly also influenced by spaghetti westerns.” —Heinz Kersten, So viele Träume