When his film project on the figure of Hercules was rejected in the former East Germany, filmmaker Lutz Dammbeck managed to make this rebellious essay on the Greek hero.
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The Cave of Hercules. The plastic anatomy of a hero
Although Dammbeck’s original film project Herakles (Hercules) was rejected by the East German DEFA Studios in 1983-84, the artist was still fascinated by the Hercules story.
He started experimenting with different media combinations, including overpainting, photography, film clips, collage, painting and movement.
These experiments resulted in groundbreaking multi-media collaborations and this film, in which Dammbeck explores a series of questions inspired by the classical figure of Hercules. Who was the legendary hero? Is there a new Hercules today?