My Heart Is Mine Alone (1997)

My Heart Is Mine Alone (1997)

The life of Jewish Expressionist poet and performance artist, Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945), told chronologically in vignettes given context by archival footage of turn-of-the-century Germany, World War I, and the ascent of the Third Reich. Her poetry often comprises the soundtrack. We see her in relation to men: her first husband, whom she leaves after her son is born; artists like Chagall and Franz Marc; an older muse and then a second husband; and, Gottfried Benn (1886 – 1956), physician and poet. Benn’s life is also chronicled: homosexual encounters, his attraction to Else and the Berlin scene, and his politics. Her poems addressed to him define this cultural moment.

My Heart Is Mine Alone (German: Mein Herz – niemandem!) is a 1997 German experimental drama film directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms. A 1997 issue of Jewish Currents wrote that the film is “a kind of German movie that usually requires more than one screening to decipher and is made for avant-garde devotees.”

My Heart Is Mine Alone Movie  Poster (1997)

My Heart Is Mine Alone (1997)

Directed by: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Starring: Nicolai Albrecht, Janina Berge, Dagmar Bertram, Klaus Bunk, Bruno Dunst, Oliver Grice, Julia Kiessling, Cornelius Obonya, Sabine Panzer, Katja Ruttloff
Screenplay by: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Production Design by:
Cinematography by: Roland Dressel
Film Editing by: Nadine Schulze, Monika Schindler, Helma Sanders-Brahms
Costume Design by: Saskia Richter
Music by: Angelika Flacke, Eckard Koltermann, Peter Kowald
Distributed by: Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek e.V.
Release Date: September 17, 1997