I saw this in 1990 as part of the XXII International Tournée of Animation, but when it was released in 1989, it was from West Germany, a nation on the brink of no longer existing as such. The Berlin Wall fell in November 1989; Germany was officially reunited on October 3, 1990.
The sense of jealousy and brinksmanship shown in this 8-minute film gripped my heart and influenced my views on both love and politics. I was 16 years old then, and I’m still grateful to the Lauenstein brothers for making this film and to the folks at the University of Miami who brought the XXII Tournée to town.
THIS is what all public conversations sound like to me when I can’t see your mouth. I don’t know if it’s an auditory processing disorder, part of attention deficit disorder, or both. But if you want to know me better, listen to this video and then try to imagine one of the performers saying they feel deeply hurt because I don’t seem to care enough to pay attention to what they’re saying.
[In the video, Conan O’Brien explains apologetically that his team has booked two standup comics for the same night, and both comics perform their routines on the same stage at the same time.]