Images of the World and the Inscription of War ★★★★★

Possibly my first Farocki (I either saw THE INEXTINGUSHABLE FIRE twenty+ years ago or a film about it, and either way, I don't remember much). I thought of the German lecturer/academic as a forbidding figure, and expected this to be forbidding and dry (as well as brilliant), so I was somewhat unprepared for the pleasure he clearly takes in some of the imagery of water, metal bowls being made, and so on. Fundamentally, though, it's an essay film, one which advances arguments about the depiction of the world in images as linked to Algerian occupation, Auschwitz, and more using associative techniques. Deeply filmic, deeply serious, completely humorless, and extraordinary.