‘The German language has an elective affinity for philosophy’

Of all those interviewed in Prill & Schneider’s biographical film Adorno: Der Bürger als Revolutionär, I think Alexander Kluge comes across as the one who really gets inside Adorno’s thought and comprehends it. He seems to understand him in ways even Adorno’s research assistant didn’t. Aside from these insights the film is worth watching for clips of Bertolt Brecht coming up against Senator McCarthy, and great cameos from Rüdiger Safranski and a pipe-smoking Richard Sennett. In a different interview, upon receiving this year’s Adorno Prize, Kluge gives his thoughts on why, at the height of the ’68 protests, Adorno might have given a lecture on Goethe’s Iphigenie.