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BAGDAD CAFE [OUT OF ROSENHEIM]

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon; Eleonore Adlon
Director of Photography: Bernd Heinl
Cast: Marianne Sägebrecht; Jack Palance; CCH Pounder; Christine Kaufmann
Country, Year of production:
D; USA, 1987
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy; Drama

Bagdad Cafe - Driving through the Mojave Desert somewhere between Las Vegas and Disneyland, a middle aged German tourist couple has a spat... and the wife, Jasmin, strikes out on her own. Trudging down the highway pulling along a large suitcase, she is so unlikely a sight that Brenda, the irascible proprietor of the Bagdad Cafe where Jasmin stops, is instantly suspicious. So begins a hilarious and touching account of the relationship that develops between these two women of different cultures. It also offers a renewed, endearingly quirky vision of America as a land with room for self discovery and individuality. Progressing from bleak reality to Utopian fantasy, BAGDAD CAFE offers the flip side to one other German film directed in America, PARIS TEXAS. But Adlon celebrates the ...

CELESTE (original title)

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon
Director of Photography: Jürgen Martin
Cast: Eva Mattes; Jürgen Arndt; Norbert Wartha; Wolf Euba
Country, Year of production:
D, 1980
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Biography

From 1912 to 1922, while Marcel Proust lay in his bedroom, scribbling out his masterpiece? ? about lost time on frayed pieces of loose-leaf paper, a young French housekeeper, Céleste Albaret, waited patiently in the kitchen for ?Monsieur? to ring. She was the wife of Proust?s chauffeur, and waited fifty years before telling her story. Céleste understood Proust as few others did, and over the years slowly took over the running of his life. The film is simultaneously a convincing depiction of the artist at work and a study of master and servant, feudally free with each other within the limits both accept. We see the writer in all his childish posturing and dedicated flory through Céleste?s loving eyes. As Céleste says, looking at us calmly, ?Monsieur is looking for truth. I act as his ...

FIVE LAST DAYS [FUENF LETZTE TAGE]

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon
Director of Photography: Horst Lermer
Cast: Lena Stolze; Irm Hermann; Will Spindler; Hans Hirschmüller
Country, Year of production:
D, 1982
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; History; Biography

On February 22, 1943 a 21 year old student, Sophie Scholl, was executed by guillotine for her involvement in the anti-Nazi resistance movement. The last five days of her life are seen here from the perspective of a fellow cellmate, Else Gebel. Percy Adlon found relatives of Else Gebel, which helped him piece together the complex and strong character of a woman 20 years Sophie?s senior, and through her he exposes an only rarely seen picture of the 1943 Germany. We see the Gestapo personnel at the Wittelsbacher Palais of Munich (then a prison/detention center where Sophie Scholl was held) not as demonic personifications of Evil incarnate, but rather as minor Bavarian civil servants doing their day to day administrative functions. Else?s testimonial, written after Sophie?s death, expresses ...

GLAMOROUS WORLD OF THE ADLON HOTEL, THE [IN DER GLANZVOLLEN WELT DES HOTEL ADLON]

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon
Director of Photography: Judy Irola
Cast: Felix Adlon; Eva Mattes; Erwin Wendt; Carl Adlon
Country, Year of production:
D, 1996
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary; History

Los Angeles, May 1945, World War II is over. A young German-American by the name of Louis Adlon Jr.is conscripted into the army. Newspaper magnate William R. Hearst sends him to devastated Berlin to serve as overseas correspondent. His task is to deliver sensational stories about the whereabouts of Nazi greats and other news from a dying Germany. There is no better place to find information than in the world famous hotel Adlon. Miraculously, it has not been ravaged by war. Louis who spends a pampered life as a companion to stars and starlets in Hollywood grew up in this hotel. When he arrives in Berlin the hotel has burned down. Russian soldiers have put fire to it in the first few days after the war ended. Louis is deeply shocked. When he recovers his composure, his childhood memories ...

HAWAIIAN GARDENS

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon; Eleonore Adlon
Director of Photography: Rudolpho Paul
Cast: André Eisermann; Valeria Hernandez; Richard Bradford; Richard Roundtree
Country, Year of production:
D; USA, 2001
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy; Drama; Romance

In a strip mall somewhere in the glaring dust of Los Angeles County: Baldi wants Shulzov. Rosa wants Baldi. Shulzov is jealous. Baldi is thirty. Rosa is seventeen. Shulzov is seventy. Rosa is a student. Baldi is a copyright pirate. Shulzov is a famous writer, 'DogShit' his cult novel. Rosa's passion are books. Baldi's passion is money. Shulzov's passion is Rosa. Rosa would rather sleep with Baldi. Shulzov would rather kill Baldi. Baldi would rather die for Rosa. Is Baldi a monster? Is Rosa a bitch? Is Shulzov an enigma? Rosa follows Baldi to a small town in Germany, hidden in the expanse of a dark forest?

ROSALIE GOES SHOPPING

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon; Eleonore Adlon
Director of Photography: Bernd Heinl
Cast: Marianne Sägebrecht; Brad Davis; Judge Reinhold; Willy Harlander
Country, Year of production:
D; USA, 1989
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy

Marianne Sägebrecht, Junoesque heroine of SUGARBABY and BAGDAD CAFE, returns as a GI wife and mother, Rosalie, now settled down in Stuttgart, Arkansas, who keeps her family afloat financially - by check and credit card fraud. Creditors send her so many notices that even the mailman is impressed. But as well as Rosalie manipulates the financial system of Stuttgart, she?s falling behind, until her great revelation comes. One day she discovers that if she owes the bank $100,000, the bank wants its money, but if she owes the bank $1 million, the bank is scared of her. That?s all she needs to know: she buys herself a home computer, hooks herself up with local industry and makes it into the financial big league. Adlon pokes fun at merchandise-mad America here with lighthearted cultural ...

SALMONBERRIES

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon; Felix Adlon
Director of Photography: Newton Thomas Sigel
Cast: K.D. Lang; Rosel Zech; Chuck Connors; Jane Lind
Country, Year of production:
D, 1991
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Romance

A foundling, twenty years old, in search of father and mother, in search of the self finds, for the first time, a person for whose love it is worth fighting: Roswitha, a librarian from East Berlin, cast away at the end of the world. Kotzebue is the name of the little town in Northwest Alaska, where the story of these two people takes place, an Eskimo trading post between snowy heavens and the polar sea, discovered by the son of the German comedy writer August von Kotzebue. And Kotzebue is the name of the foundling too, who looks like a young man but in fact is a woman. Following some inner compulsion, she pursues a path to Roswitha?s heart finally declaring her love in a hotel room in Berlin.

SUGARBABY [ZUCKERBABY]

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon
Director of Photography: Johanna Heer
Cast: Marianne Sägebrecht; Eisi Gulp; Manuela Denz; Toni Berger
Country, Year of production:
D, 1985
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy; Drama; Romance

A big, not so young woman who works in a funeral parlor... is sitting in the subway one day when the young subway driver?s voice hits her like a bolt of lightening. She takes time off her job, spies on him, and tracks him down. They wind up in seventh heaven but a crash landing finally brings them back down to earth. That, however, is not the end of the story? Marianne Sägebrecht plays the big woman who falls head over heals in love and Eisi Gulp plays the amazed young man who simply stops going home. Johanna Heer, the New York artist camerawoman, has bathed this comedy about an impossible love affair in bright, contemporary colors.

SWING, THE [SCHAUKEL, DIE]

Director: Percy Adlon
Screenplay: Percy Adlon
Director of Photography: Jürgen Martin; Jürgen Jürges
Cast: Anja Jaenicke; Lena Stolze; Christine Kaufmann; Irm Hermann; Ulrich Tukur; Marianne Sägebrecht
Country, Year of production:
D, 1983
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; History; Biography

Based on Annette Kolb?s autobiographical novel with the same title, THE SWING is a lavish, breathless reconstruction of life in Munich towards the end of the 19th century. The story centers around the Lautenschlags, a Bavarian-French Catholic family. The father is the designer of the royal gardens, a distinguished post, but he lacks financial sense and the family is constantly beset by monetary worries. The mother, an upper-class French musician, gives music lessons to local well-to-do children to help pay the bills. Their four children include Annette, known as Matthias -- the youngest, plain, brusque but with aspirations of becoming a conductor -- through whose eyes the events are mainly seen. The film chronicles the mundane and funny crises the family muddles through with a great ...