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 »
Edgar Reitz – Heimat 3 – Chronik einer Zeitenwende AKA Heimat 3: A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings (2004)2001-2010DramaEdgar ReitzGermany
The story of Elisabeth and Paul who get married and drift apart. They have a very different take on life, hers rather bohemian and his disillusioned.
Repeatedly the film moves away from the pure narrative toward a discursive and parable style of storytelling.Read More »
Alexander Kluge & Edgar Reitz – In Gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod AKA In Danger and Deep Distress, the Middleway Spells Certain Death (1974)1971-1980Alexander KlugeDramaEdgar ReitzExperimentalGermany
A female prostitute and thief makes her way through the city with a female GDR spy. Frankfurt, 1974. It’s Carnival time. At the same time police forcibly evict students from occupied buildings).Read More »
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)1951-1960Bernhard DörriesDocumentaryEdgar ReitzGermanyShort FilmStefan Meuschel
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 »
Robert Busch & Edgar Reitz – Die Zweite Heimat – Chronik Einer Jugend AKA Heimat 2: Chronicle of a Generation (1992)Drama1991-2000ArthouseEdgar ReitzGermany
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 »
1961-1970Edgar ReitzExperimentalGermanyShort Film
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 »
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 »
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 »