"My Heart is Mine Alone"
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
The story of the real-life love affair between Jewish
poet Else Lasker-Schueler and Nazi poet Gottfried Benn is told largely
through their poetry in this experimental drama scored with improvised
music. The poets' relationship epitomizes the idea of the "ill-fated
romance" as Lasker-Schueler is forced to leave the country because of the
very ideology Benn espouses. While she drifts from country to country en
route to Jerusalem, he eventually realizes his mistake when the Nazis
condemn his artistic school. The passion of Lasker-Schueler and Benn lives
in their poetry as Helma Sander-Brahms focuses on the artistry of these
unfortunate artists lost to history. German with optional English subtitles. 105 minutes.