Highlights of the Münchner Stadtmuseum

Herbert Achternbusch, “Der junge Mönch” (The Young Monk)

The archives of the Münchner Stadtmuseum's Film Museum contain some 5,000 copies of films, including iconic silent movies such as "Metropolis" and "The Golem." Alongside early German and Soviet specimens, the collection’s major focuses cover early talkies and multilingual versions, classics of avant-garde film-making, and the works of Munich-based directors – such as Herbert Achternbusch (*1938 in Munich), a writer, director and painter who has garnered particular recognition for his avant-garde films.

"The Young Monk" is set in a world covered with thick ice, the result of a global catastrophe. A gigantic geyser now shoots into the sky where the city of Munich once stood. The tiny village of Buchendorf alone remains unscathed. It is in this village that the protagonist Herbert, a monk, establishes a new religion around a chocolate Easter bunny ("Thou shalt not bite God!"). This is followed by a largely motley assortment of jumbled and subversive ideas (Achternbusch as his own mother / shot reverse shots in Iceland and Munich). A controversial disaster movie with a uniquely Bavarian touch.

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