Die Praxis der Liebe

Practising Love

Valie Export
Judith is a journalist. She investigates an unsolved fatal accident in a Viennese subway station and comes across an international gun running organization. Her affair with Dr. Josef Fischoff, a physician, is not doing well and Judith sleeps badly and has terrible nightmares. She has another friend, Alfons Schlögel, an industrialist, who is also involved in the gun running affair. Slowly, Judith gets an idea of what is happening. She now sees that Schlögel is trying to use her. He manages to get hold of the damaging evidence against him and Judith goes to the police but they do nothing. She realizes the hopelessness of what she is trying to do. And her personal problems have not been solved. Video-control in subway stations and in street traffic, tapes and cameras are very important for the structure of this film. Mediocrity, hypocrisy and violence are the film's main themes. Valie Export deals with them on private, social and media levels, adhering to the techniques of video avant-garde.
Technical Data
Running time: 90
Format: 35 mm
Screen ratio: 1:1.66
Language spoken: German
Production year: 1985
Writer(s): Valie Export
Cinematographer(s): Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Key cast: Adelheid Arndt, Hagnot Elischka, Rüdiger Vogler, Elisabeth Vitouch, Liane Wagner, Paul Muller
Producer: Valie Export
Producers: Hermann Hendrich, Valie Export, Thomas Wullenweber