film and theatre director, actor, artist, and author.
Christoph Schlingensief website
Christoph Schlingensief’s most loyal friend was the suspicion of cynicism. Even his first wild phase as a film director was accompanied by heated reactions. Feature films like “100 Jahre Adolf Hitler” (i.e. “100 Years of Adolf Hitler”) in 1988, “Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker” (i.e. “The German Chainsaw Massacre”) in 1990 and “Terror 2000” in 1992 took elements such as the Gladbeck hostage crisis, asylum seeker murders, neo-Nazi activities, or German reunification and combined them with splatter and trash aesthetics, obscenities and hysteria. This was criticized by overly serious intellectuals and sensationalist media, often in equal measure, as being over-the-top, disgraceful and cynical…