Edgar Reitz

  • Edgar Reitz – Die Reise nach Wien (1973)

    During the closing months of the Second World War, two small-town German women discover some money in an attic and decide to spend it on a trip to Vienna.Read More »

  • Bernhard Dörries, Edgar Reitz & Stefan Meuschel – Schicksal einer Oper aka Story of an Opera House (1958)

    Oberhausen Manifesto 1962:

    The collapse of conventional German film has finally removed the economic basis for a mentality that we reject. This gives the new kind of film the chance to come to life.
    German short films by young filmmakers, directors and producers have in recent years received a large number of prizes at international festivals and gained the recognition of international critics. These works and their successes show that the future of German film lies with those who have proven that they speak a new film language.Read More »

  • Edgar Reitz – Heimat 3 – Chronik einer Zeitenwende (2004)

    This is not only a sequel to the “Second Heimat”, but also a chronicle of a very decisive decade for Germany (1989 to 200). The main couple of the mini-series released in 1992, Hermann Simon and Clarissa Lichtbau (played by the same actors), reunite after almost exactly 29 years. Their last night of love in November 1970 closed the previous series. Now, on November 9th, 1989, when the Berlin Wall falls, Hermann and Clarissa meet each other again by mere chance. Surrounded by celebrations, the former lovers bring each other up to date, and reestablish a relationship. Hermann has become a well known maestro and Clarissa, a respected singer, but both lead solitary lives. Clarissa takes Hermann back to his birthplace, Schabbach where he can revisit his brothers, Ernst and Anton (the same actors from Heimat 1), who stayed on there, and extended family and friends.Read More »

  • Robert Busch & Edgar Reitz – Die Zweite Heimat – Chronik Einer Jugend AKA Heimat 2: Chronicle of a Generation (1992)

    The movie consist of 13 separate episodes each handling a period between 1960 and 1970. The length of these periods varies from one day to some years. It tells the story of a group of people in Munich (mostly music and film students). Every episode focuses on a different character from the group, although the main storyline and character, the young composer Hermann, continues. The movie tells a story in many different levels about love, friendship, misfortune, loss, art, politics, history with important historic events of the decennium in the background. It was the most costly and ambitious drama production in German television, although very cinematographic. Believed to be partly autobiographic.Read More »

  • Edgar Reitz – Kommunikation – Technik der Verständigung aka Communication (1961)

    An industry film for the West German Post Office. The use of the latest communications technology to link up the world. A technophile ballet in the mysterious world of relays, very high frequency channels and decimeter bridges.Read More »

  • Edgar Reitz – Geschichten aus den Hunsrückdörfern (1981)

    The documentary film “Tales from the Hunsrück Villages” was produced in the autumn of 1980, at a time when Edgar Reitz and Peter Steinbach were working on the preparations for HEIMAT. The film represents a preparatory work, which at the same time is, in a sense, the polar opposite of HEIMAT. In HEIMAT the leading characters Paul and Hermann, following the example of Reitz himself, leave their Heimat and seek their fortunes elsewhere as many Hunsrückers have always done.

    “Tales from the Hunsrück Villages” on the other hand deals with those who have stayed rooted in their Heimat. Here these people speak for themselves, they can tell us in their own words about their life experiences, without being directed by an interviewer’s questions. In this way Reitz succeeds in drawing an undistorted and very authentic picture of the Hunsrückers and their way of life.Read More »

  • Edgar Reitz – Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995)

    A series of interviews with living filmmakers about German film history.`Night of the filmmakers’ (1994, 52 mins., English commentary) directed by Edgar Reitz, was produced for BFI TV by Edgar Reitz Filmproduktions in association with ZDF, Arte and Premiere. Brings together an imaginary assembly of German filmmakers to explore German cinema of all periods. Contributors include Volker Schlöndorff, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Margarethe von Trotta, Frank Beyer, Wolfgang Kohlhasse, Peter Schamoni, Leni Reifenstahl, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog.

    p.s. part of the serie The Century Of Cinema for the BFIRead More »

  • Edgar Reitz – Heimat-Fragmente: Die Frauen (2006)

    “There is a time for sewing up and a time for tearing apart. That’s an old proverb of my mother’s”. The wise little saying is nothing less than a piece of “Heimat”. Or not really, since the words of a young woman from the Hunsrück, working as a tour guide in Munich even though she can’t tell the Frauenkirche from the Stadtmuseum, fell victim to the scissors. For Edgar Reitz the time for sewing together has begun again. Eight hours left over from the Heimats have turned up again, the montage film “Heimat –Fragmente” arising from them lasts 146 minutes and had its premiere last weekend at the Venice Biennale. The more work you turn on the lathe, the more shavings you get, and it’s not surprising that they are of good wood. Read More »

  • Edgar Reitz – Der Schneider von Ulm AKA The Tailor From Ulm (1978)

    “The Tailor from Ulm was the last of Edgar Reitz’ pre-Heimat features and a far cry from Lust for Love in terms of style and setting. It was a biopic of Albrecht Ludwig Berbinger, who had created a flying contraption in the early nineteenth century akin to a hang glider. Handsomely mounted, The Tailor from Ulm recreates both the age and those contraptions exceedingly well; the budget is all up there on the screen. And the film itself is an engaging one, though far more conventional than the works which had preceded it. Nonetheless, audiences weren’t particularly interested and it came close to bankrupting both its director and his production company. As a result he took some time away from filmmaking to research his homeland – his Heimat – eventually returning with his masterpiece six years later. Perhaps Berbinger was the wrong subject for Reitz. In retrospect you’d imagine that his compatriot Werner Herzog would have done much more with this driven figure from their country’s past. “Read More »

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