Election Campaign 1932 (Last Election) (Wahlkampf 1932, Letzte Wahl) (1932)
Directed by Elsa Bergmann-Michel
Length: 13 min
About this Piece
The disastrous political consequences of the financial crisis become obvious in this chilling experimental documentary by little known artist and filmmaker Ella Bergmann-Michel. Documenting the election campaigns of 1932, the Weimar Republic’s fateful last election, she combines shots of political posters, streets overtaken by propaganda, random gatherings, and altercations between people of different political attitudes. Increasingly, an atmosphere of escalation and impending doom takes over. Bergmann-Michel was arrested while shooting and parts of her footage was destroyed. The film remained a fragment.
– Nana Bahlmann