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THUT ALLES IM FINSTERN, EUREM HERRN DAS LICHT ZU SPAREN (DO EVERYTHING IN THE DARK IN ORDER TO SAVE YOUR LORD THE LIGHT), 1970

This medium length first film by Daniel Schmid reminds one of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake - revealed and majestic. Each member of the audience sees a different story in it.
L'Express, Paris, 15th January 1976

 
Production: Bayrisches Fernsehen, Iduna Film München
Director: Daniel Schmid
Screenplay: Daniel Schmid
Photography: Gérard Vandenberg
Editing: Ila von Hasperg
Cast: lgor Josza, Isabella Morellato, Stella Longo
 
 
"This medium length first film by Daniel Schmid reminds one of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake - revealed and majestic. Each member of the audience sees a different story in it. It is labyrinthine cinema. A high-school full of mute expressions accompanied by a solitary voice speaking of revolution; an Italian palazzo where servants fuss about with a corpse; a woman speaking of her Mussolini past; a few hackneyed Elvis Presley songs are heard now and then above the talk - an amorphous story where nothing is shown and where the audience is offered no clue to help them understand."
L'Express, Paris
 
   
 
A wacky coup d'etat masterminded by a Russian call girl, in of all places, staid Switzerland, is the subject of Daniel Schmid's black humorous satire on power and its misuses. Turning his fascination with the cult of the diva to advantage, Schmid fashions the upwardly mobile Beresina (Panova) as a smart, good-time girl who just wants a Swiss passport so she can provide a haven for her numerous family back home. Trading on ravenhaired beauty and an entrepreneurial spirit, she climbs the social ladder to become the preferred escort of bankers, generals and highly placed politicians. When her new friends fail to protect her from deportation, Beresina launches a massive assault on the scat of power, utilizing some unique resources.
Barbara Scharres, The Gene Siskal Film Center, Chicago, 2000