(aka "The Second Heimat" or "The Second Homeland: Chronicle of a Youth" or "Die Zweite Heimat: Leaving Home")

 

directed by Edgar Reitz
Germany 1992

 

While not a prolific member of “Der Neue Deutsche Film”, Reitz was one of the founding fathers, along with Alexander Kluge of “Die Hochschule für Gestaltung” and began as a filmmaker because of the Oberhausen manifest. It would take almost twenty years before he would step out from the shadows of Wenders, Schlöndorff, Herzog and Fassbinder, and with “Heimat” create one of the key works and milestones of “Der Neue Deutsche Film”, which according to Variety was “the fulfilment of all the hopes of the New German cinema over the past two decades.

After five years of production, “Heimat” was born in 1984. Perhaps the best German television series to date, even surpassing Fassbinder’s epic “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, Edgar Reitz here told the story of the family Simon and the little township of Schabbach from 1919 to 1982, and with it showing how the decline of the republic after the first World War, the rise and fall of the Third Reich, the “Wirtschaftswunder" of the fifties and the changes during the seventies, affected not only Germany, but also the common man. More than just a chronicle of German and a simple German family, “Heimat” was, according to Reitz, the story of the common man, who always loses out, who always is an innocent bystander to history; A sentiment Reitz continues in his last instalment, "Heimat 3", where he tells the story of German from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to 2002.

In 1992, Reitz returned with “Die Zweite Heimat”, here retelling part of the chronicle with the story of Hermann Simon, during the sixties and seventies, and his experiences in Munich. The title is significant, meaning "the second home", which not only refers to Hermann who leaves Schabbach and moves to Munich, but also suggests a change in the German ideology during the period. Hermann's move to Munich here suggests a moving away from the old and traditional values, into more individualism. His journey thus becomes a metaphore for the period, which again only puts his return to Schabbach into a greater context and perspective. It is about, where one belongs.

While lacking the historical scope of “Heimat”, Reitz instead expands his story by introducing a complex array of people and history, experimenting with colour (alternatively shooting in black and white, then colour) and time (some episodes lasts a few hours, some a day, some months) as signifiers, and using music and his mise-en-scene more elaborately. The shorter time span allowed Reitz to examine history and characters with a depth, which the original couldn’t, and once again Reitz tested the patience of the viewer by making his second instalment ten hours longer, to a total of 25 hours for 13 episodes.

Not so much an in media res sequel to “Heimat”, “Die Zweite Heimat” stands for itself and both works cannot be compared directly. Instead of telling the story of Germany history by proxy, Reitz here captures the spirit of the sixties and in terms the disillusion that followed in the seventies from the perspective of music and film, love and hate, friends and lovers.

With "Heimat", Reitz has allowed the Germans to recapture their history, their past and their country as their "home". A testament of “Der Neue Deutsche Film” and one of the greatest achievements in story telling.
 

Henrik Sylow

Theatrical Release: September 6-9, 1992 Prinzregententheater München (Germany)

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DVD Review: Tartan - Region 2 - PAL

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Runtime 1509:32
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.31 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital German
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 60 page booklet on

DVD Release Date: May 30, 2005
Digipack Box

Chapters 16
 

 

 

 

 

Comments The Image
Originally shot on 35mm film, the transfer is from a newly restored master. The black and white sequences are sharp with solid black and good to great details. The colour sequences are more soft, lesser detail, but a great colour palette. The differences is most like due to the different stocks of film. Simply a great transfer.

The Sound
The sound is the original 2.0 Dolby Digital mono. It is completely free of noise, dialogue is crystal clear.

The Subtitles
The subtitles are based on a decent translation, but lacks the beautiful German language sentence compositions, reducing tense to simple past tense and present.

While those who understand German can enjoy the great melodic language, and those who don't will understand the meaning of it. As such, it is a good translation.

Box info
Disc 1 (bitrate: 4.28 / 16 chapters):
The Time Of The First Song (1:56:01)
Two Strange Eyes (1:55:11) - perfect

Disc 2 (bitrate: 4.58 / 16 chapters):
Jealousy and Pride (1:55:44)
Ansgar's Death (1:39:59)

Disc 3 (bitrate: 4.27 / 16 chapters):
The Game With Freedom (1:59:50)
Kennedy's Children (1:48:36)

Disc 4 (bitrate: 4.50 / 16 chapters):
Christmas Wolves (1:49:44)
The Wedding (2:00:03)

Disc 5 (bitrate: 3.92 / 16 chapters):
The Eternal Daughter (1:57:49)
The End of the Future (2:11:09)

Disc 6 (bitrate: 4.14 / 16 chapters):
Time of Silence (1:57:39)
A Time of Many Words (1:59:01)

Disc 7 (bitrate: 4.47 / 16 chapters):
Art Or Life (1:58:46)

Total running time: 25:09:32

Episode Guide
PART ONE: 1960 - Hermann
Die Zeit der Ersten Lieder (The First Songs), 116 minutes

PART TWO: 1960-1961 - Juan
Zwei fremde Augen (A Stranger's Eyes), 115 minutes

PART THREE: 1961 - Evelyne
Eifersucht und Stolz (Jealousy and Pride), 116 minutes

PART FOUR: 1961-1962 - Ansgar
Ansgars Tod (Ansgar's Death), 100 minutes

PART FIVE: 1962 - Helga
Das Spiel mit der Freitheit (Playing with Freedom), 120 minutes

PART SIX: 1963 - Alex
Kennedys Kinder (Kennedy's Children), 109 minutes

PART SEVEN: 1963 - Clarissa
Weihnachtswölfe (Christmas Wolves), 110 minutes

PART EIGHT: 1964 - Schnüsschen
Die Hochzeit (The Wedding), 120 minutes

PART NINE: 1965 - Fraülein Cerphal
Die Ewige Tochter (The Eternal Daughter), 118 minutes

PART TEN: 1966 - Reinhard
Das Ende der Zukunft (The End of the Future), 132 minutes

PART ELEVEN: 1967-1968 - Rob
Zeit des Schweigens (A Time of Silence), 118 minutes

PART TWELVE: 1968-1969 - Stefan
Die Zeit der vielen Worte (The Time of Many Words), 119 minutes

PART THIRTEEN: 1970 - Hermann and Clarissa
Kunst oder Leben (Art or Life), 119 minutes

More info: Heimat.de

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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