Rosa von Praunheim

Rosa von Praunheim – Neurosia – 50 Jahre pervers AKA Neurosia – Who Shot Rosa von Praunheim (1995)

Neurosia is the autobiography of the director Rosa von Praunheim. The movie begins with Rosa presenting his autobiography in a movie theater. Before the film begins, he is shot. But – his body gets lost. A female journalist from a TV station begins researching the life of Rosa. In the course of the movie she speaks to lots of aquaintances, shows short clips from Rosas old movies. Her main aim is to provide sensational and shocking details from Rosas life. It turns out that nearly everybody had some reason to kill Rosa. At the end of the movie, she discovers Rosa at a boat where he is kept prisoner by some of his old enemies. She frees him, and the movie ends. Read More »

Rosa von Praunheim – Darkroom (2019)

Lars, a male nurse from Saarbrucken, moves with his lover Roland, a sweet-spirited musician with a lilting voice, to the bustling Berlin. They renovate an apartment with the intention of finally living together. For Roland, their happiness seems almost complete. What he doesn’t know, however, is that while secretly checking out Berlin’s nightlife, Lars is experimenting with a deadly poison – an obsession that will lead to a horrific outcome for the couple. Read More »

Rosa von Praunheim – Meine Mütter – Spurensuche in Riga AKA Two Mothers (2007)

Variety review:
The delightfully impish outrageousness of Rosa von Praunheim turns to more serious contemplation of his origins in the German helmer’s engrossing family docu, “Two Mothers.” Told in 2000 by his 94-year-old mother that he was adopted at an orphanage in Riga, von Praunheim sets out to track down his natural parents. Though such journeys are hardly new, the helmer’s fearless honesty and WWII backdrop make for compelling viewing. Born Holger Radtke in 1942, adopted as Holger Mischwitzky, von Praunheim approaches his search with conflicted emotions, since the parents who raised him provided the kind of loving, supportive home an enfant terrible filmmaker needs to survive. Read More »

Rosa von Praunheim – Dein Herz in meinem Hirn AKA Your Heart in My Brain (2005)

For whatever reason, this low-budget shot-on-DV film seems to have never been released in any format and is very rare. This is a web rip and the best (and only) print of the film currently available. Inspired by the gay German cannibalism case involving Armin Meiwes (whose story inspired no less than three other films, including Martin Weisz’s Grimm Love (2006) and Marian Dora’s Cannibal (2006) and Ulli Lommel’s Diary of a Cannibal), von Praunheim’s film caused much controversy, mainly because it was partially funded by German tax money. Read More »

Rosa von Praunheim – Männer, Helden, schwule Nazis aka Men, Heroes and Gay Nazis (2005)

A German documentary by Rosa von Praunheim that looks at gay men with hard-core right wing views, Men, Heroes and Gay Nazis gives the impression of being documentary dynamite. ‘Some may be shocked that I do not take a stand in my film and do not portray gay neo-Nazis as monsters, but as people living their lives in dramatic contradiction’. ( Read More »

Rosa von Praunheim – Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo AKA Rent Boys (2011)

This German documentary explores the history of hustler culture at Bahnhof Zoo train station, an unofficial meeting place for male prostitutes from the world over. The film discusses hustler world with male escorts both current and retired about their personal experiences, and discovers surprising undercurrents of strength and compassion. ~ Cammila Collar Read More »

Rosa von Praunheim – Armee der Liebenden oder Revolte der Perversen AKA Army of Lovers or Revolution of the Perverts (1979)

Army of Lovers or Revolt of the Perverts (German: Armee der Liebenden oder Aufstand der Perversen) is a 1979 German documentary film directed by Rosa von Praunheim. The film, mainly shot in San Francisco, chronicles the rise of gay activism in the United States between 1972 and 1978 in the aftermath of the Stonewall riots and before the arrival of the AIDS epidemic. It explores, among other themes, the initial unity formed post-Stonewall era, splintered into numerous factions. The American gay liberation movement, strengthened by the assault of the Anita Bryant-led anti-gay initiatives, appears foundering into polarization and self-interest groups in an increasingly fractured leadership. The film discusses whether overt sexual expression and promiscuity were helping or hurting the cause of gay rights. Read More »