Instructions on how to Pull off Police Helmets

According to Fritz J. Raddatz, Rosa Luxemburg cried when she read Marx's concept of value. I was just as disappointed by the Cine-Tracts made in May 1968 in Paris and shown shortly afterwards in Berlin.

I must have been expecting something more like television news coverage; in much the same way, each crowd which saw our handbill films during those years was similarly disappointed. Because we didn't make 'real' films, as my mother called them, it seemed to them that their cause wasn't being acknowledged in suitably official form, something which workers' films and Fassbinder were later to achieve.

We made this spot during one of the many breaks in filming a somewhat reckless film about playgroups by Susanne Beyeler. Wolfgang Gremm stripped naked on a flat roof and played a policeman. We played on the anti-humanist provocation of showing, purely technically, how to fight a policeman, but didn't go so far as to use an androgynous, long-haired actor – something which Gremm, the fattest and shortest-haired of us all, accepted with a grin.

(Harun Farocki)

Original title Anleitung, Polizisten den Helm abzureissen Director, scriptwriter, editor Harun Farocki Cinematographer Michael Geißler Production Larabel Film Harun Farocki, Berlin-West, Rote Zelle Germanistik (FU Berlin), Sozialistische Filmemacher Cooperative West-Berlin Format 16mm, b/w, 1:1,37Length 2 min. Note The film is presumably lost