Rangierer [Shunter]

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Werkleitz Festival 2018 Holen und Bringen

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Film programme Welt als Takt
Rangierer [Shunter]
GDR 1984
Rangierer, Jürgen Böttcher
© DEFA Stiftung, Thomas Plenert
Rangierer, Jürgen Böttcher
© DEFA Stiftung, Thomas Plenert
Rangierer, Jürgen Böttcher
© DEFA Stiftung, Thomas Plenert

The DEFA produced documentary film shows the everyday work life of shunters at the Dresden-Friedrichstadt freight yard in extraordinary black-and-white images. The railway men of the Ablaufberg Collective arrange, brake, uncouple, couple – 1600 wagons in a single shift. Hard work – in snow storms, near darkness and thick fog. Sounds fill the air: hammering, workers treading over the gravel, whistles, shuffling rail cars. No commentary, no conversation. There’s nothing to say. The men would not have been able to speak freely in front of a camera anyway. Rangierer: a mute, eloquent historical document.

Jürgen Böttcher, East Germany 1984, 22 min

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