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Over the centuries, the house of “Europe” had many builders, first and foremost among them the suspicion and self-interest of the nations. Soon there were guards and smugglers everywhere. “Suddenly someone had an idea”... and slowly the walls begin to crumble and the windows to the neighbours open.
The difficult relationship between a man and a woman could end in their death. The potential consequences are enumerated and the relationship is given a second chance. An occasionally abstract narrative of the trials and tribulations of love.
Industrious brownies dance to the hard tune of industrial work every day, but they also work hard for their own postcard idyll of forests and meadows. Then they are swept away by the automation wave and even their leisure hours are soon ruled by the beat of electronic media. A poignant critique of the brave new world’s delusions of progress.
Opinion leaders and media manipulation cause people to adapt and allow themselves to be influenced more and more. They are no longer able to form their own opinions in life, at the workplace or on the political level. Finally they become submissive creatures, “rhinoceroses”. Loosely based on the Romanian-French writer Eugène Ionesco’s play.
A newly arrived vulture with a distinctive moustache and a black parting exploits the discontent in the “Cloud Kingdom” for his own purposes. As his followers grow in number, critical opinions are suppressed. An entertaining attempt to reappraise Nazi rule in the spirit of West Germany in the 1950s.