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From 2 member  reviews
Members say: Delightful, Reflects on what's left when we're gone, Sincere, Absorbing, Short

About the show

Using projections edited from found footage, this intimate solo performance is a reflection on memory, how it can be recorded and how it can be perceived. Part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival. More…

In 2008, Janek Turkowski discovered a cardboard box containing 64 reels of 8mm film in a North German market close to the Polish border. Each reel consisted of images of the same woman, Margarete Ruhbe. Captivated by the celluloid subject, Turkowski embarked on an artistic reconstruction of the life of a woman he didn’t and possibly couldn't know. Set against powerful images of the Communist Bloc, the story of Margarete unfolds from Turkowski's curiosity-driven purchase to his private investigation into the identity of a woman who left only a brief but indelible mark through home movies. 

0h 55m | Already closed | Public Theater (East Village)

Member Reviews (2)


Delightful, Reflects on what's left when we're gone, Sincere, Absorbing, Short
Avg Score

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if You can. It may be restaged. This quiet, unassuming personal disquisition on a collection of discovered home movies is fascinating .

Don't see it if You expect a big story, or need plot and staging.

Touching, Sincere, Short, Reflects on what's left when we're gone

See it if you're curious to see an almost 100-yr old woman (now deceased) watch her home movie clips from 40ish years ago... it's sobering.

Don't see it if you want to really know Margarete (not many personal details here). You want to understand her movies in historical context (not much given)

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January 9th, 2018
"As Turkowski becomes fascinated with one particular figure who appears in much of the footage, so do we...I won’t say what Mr. Turkowski eventually discovers; the revelation may not be on the scale of a Cold War thriller but in its ordinariness turns out to be just as exciting...It seems that hu...
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January 11th, 2018
“Under the Radar festival is leaning heavily into one-person shows this year...The loveliest of these is the meditative 'Margarete'...A deep dive into old 8mm films...The mildest possible detective story...Turkowski is attempting to make a connection, but what he really reveals is how distant we ...
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January 8th, 2018
"Turkowski provokes a twinge of insecurity with his intimate and softly upsetting multimedia solo performance...In his sober, slightly melancholic delivery, Turkowski remains focused on Ruhbe herself...The personal tone of the piece is reflected in the presentation, which is for only 12 audience ...
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January 8th, 2018
"A kind of investigatory documentary...This is not an exposé of political repression; the woman in the films seems fairly prosperous...'Margarete', which runs only an hour, casts quite a melancholy spell...It offers a fascinating glimpse into a past most of us know little about; it is also a touc...
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