When Edgar Reitz made the Heimat film series in 1984 he created an incredible chronicle of German rural life in the 20th century. He went on to release another couple of mini-series, bringing events up to the modern era. At over 53 hours they were beautifully made and together are an epic saga of the Simon family and the village of Schabbach. He returns to familiar ground for this prequel, charting the fortunes of the same clan between 1840-1844, in Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision.
Jacob (Jan Dieter Schneider) dreams of escaping the hard, oppressive and poor life in Schabbach by emigrating to the tropics. His father (Rüdiger Kriese), the local blacksmith, despairs that his son is stuck with his nose in a book whilst there so much work to do. His mother (Marita Breuer) on the other hand, is happy to indulge his daydreaming. He falls for Jettchen (Antonia Bill), the daughter of a mill owner, but they are fated not to be together. When his brother Gustav (Maximilian Scheidt) returns from war, a drunken night with Jettchen leads to her getting pregnant, whilst Jacob is arrested after his first brush with rebellion. Continue reading
Synopsis: Lust for Love (“Mahlzeiten”) is the story of Elizabeth (Heidi Stroh), a beautiful and seductive woman who has only one aim: happiness – and as much of it as possible! Like a hungry vampire she devours her husband (Georg Hauke) until he chooses death over life. Soon she must move to another unsuspecting victim.
Influenced by the French Nouveau Vague and shot in beautiful black and white by Thomas Mauch, this film heralded EdgarReitz’s talent. When it was premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1967 it won him the Best First Film award and in turn launched Reitz onto a world stage. Continue reading
The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982…
Plot Summary for
“Heimat – Eine deutsche Chronik” (1984) (mini)
The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982. Central person is Maria, who we see growing from a 17 year old girl to an old woman, and her family. The family, like the rest of the German people live through the crises after WW-I, the rise and fall of Nazism and WW-II, and the rebuilding and the following prosperity of the village (as a symbol for the whole country) after WW II. Continue reading