"The Indomitable Leni Peickert"
Directed by Alexander Kluge
Kluge's pendant to
Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed, this small-scale film picks up
Leni's (Hannelore Hoger) tale as she struggles on the fringes of show
business. This time, the progression of her career is reversed. It begins
with her work on television, where she is fired for smuggling in an
uncensored film, forcing her to return to the circus. Originally made for
German television, this production offers a second look at the complex
character of Leni Peickert, another of Kluge's restless, impatient heroines.
Not actually a sequel, this curious film consists of material originally
shot for Big Top and represents the director's ongoing exploration of
melodrama and political modernism. German with English subtitles.