“It is one of his chief aims to call every kind of institution into question, particularly those of the state – if I interpret half way correctly – and if his work is not indeed even more radical, that is, designed to prove that basically Alexander Kluge is interested in the destruction of every type of institution,” Rainer Werner Fassbinder wrote of fellow German New Wave filmmaker Alexander Kluge.

A former cop who takes a job as security chief for a West German corporation grows increasingly obsessed with the threat that Communism poses to his employer in Strongman Ferdinand (1976), known as Kluge’s most straightforward work.

White Light Cinema screens Strongman Ferdinand tonight at 8 p.m. at The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee Ave. $7-10.

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