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BILLY WILDER SPEAKS (original title)

Director: Gisela Grischow; Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay: Volker Schlöndorff
Director of Photography: Bodo Kessler
Cast: Billy Wilder; Volker Schlöndorff; Hellmuth Karasek
Country, Year of production:
D; USA, 2006
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Documentary

Illustrated with film clips, rare photographs and artwork, Billy Wilder Speaks is a lively lesson in filmmaking, from one of its undisputed masters. In a series of filmed interviews conducted by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum), acclaimed writer / director Wilder (Sunset Blvd., Some Like It Hot) recounts the achievements and pitfalls of his 60-year career.

CIRCLE OF DECEIT [FAELSCHUNG, DIE]

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay: Volker Schlöndorff; Jean-Claude Carrière; Margarethe von Trotta; Kai Hermann
Director of Photography: Igor Luther
Cast: Bruno Ganz; Hanna Schygulla; Jerzy Skolimowski; Gila von Weitershausen; Jean Carmet
Country, Year of production:
D; F, 1981
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; War

A man rushes for cover in the bullet-ridden streets of Bab Edriss, the former business district of Beirut's historical quarter. The setting is real. Militiamen are still engaged in lengthy combat. Standing in the midst of this landscape of ruins, is the Hotel Commodore. From here, reporter Laschen and his photographer, Hoffmann, start out on their nightly wanderings through the city that is trembling under the thundering artillery. Laschen, driven by a death wish, is overwhelmed every single morning by life which, with its oriental diversity, adamantly demands to persist. The sharpshooters clean their firearms in readiness and even the victims of the coming night still have much to accomplish. In this chaos of death and consternation, Laschen encounters a woman. Ariane Nassar (Hanna ...

COUP DE GRÂCE [FANGSCHUSS, DER]

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay: Geneviève Dorman; Jutta Brückner; Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Igor Luther
Cast: Margarethe von Trotta; Matthias Habich; Rüdiger Kirschstein; Mathieu Carrière; Valeska Gert
Country, Year of production:
D; F, 1976
Color: black/white
Genre: Drama; War

The Baltic states, 1919. A civil war divides the country. Sophie (Margarethe von Trotta), a woman in her late 20s, is living in the Baltic castle Kratovice. Sophie's brother Konrad (Rüdiger Kirschstein) and his friend Erich von Lhomond (Matthias Habich) arrive with a horde of volunteers of various nationalities who invade Kratovice like an occupation army troupe. Sophie falls in love with the Prussian officer Erich von Lhomond, who has hired himself out as a mercenary soldier to "defend the Western World against the Bolsheviks". She is not afraid of openly admitting her love to him. The legionnaire shrinks away from such an ostentatious confession of love. With her ego humiliated and her honesty deceived, she begins to randomly choose lovers amongst the officers: A game that Erich von ...

FREE WOMAN, A [STROHFEUER]

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay: Volker Schlöndorff; Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Sven Nykvist
Cast: Margarethe von Trotta; Friedhelm Ptok; Martin Lüttge; Walter Sedlmayr; Georg Marischka
Country, Year of production:
D, 1972
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; TV Movie

A young woman (Margarethe von Trotta) breaks out of her marriage. But her desire for self-realization soon collides with inner and outer obstacles: Not only the working world constraints and men's bigotry but also her self internalised role expectations stand in the way of her emancipation. FREE WOMAN describes autobiographical experiences of main actor and co-scriptwriter Margarethe von Trotta.

LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM, THE [VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM, DIE]

Director: Volker Schlöndorff; Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay: Volker Schlöndorff; Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Jost Vacano
Cast: Angela Winkler; Mario Adorf; Dieter Laser; Dieter Prochnow; Heinz Bennent; Hannelore Hoger
Country, Year of production:
D, 1975
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

On Wednesday, February 5, 1975, on the evening of Weiberfastnacht, a young woman leaves her apartment to partake in a private dance event. Four days later, after a dramatic development of events, she rings the doorbell of the Chief Criminal Commissioner, Walter Moeding, and confesses to having shot the journalist Werner Tötges... This young woman, Katharina Blum, meets a young man, Ludwig Götten, at a private ball given by her aunt, and takes him home to spend the night with him. On the following morning, her apartment is the target of a major police raid: Götten is a wanted deserter. Katharina is arrested for allegedly helping him escape. The girl's arrest makes headline news in all the papers. Leading the sensationalist reports is the newspaper "die ZEITUNG". With its circulation of ...

MORALS OF RUTH HALBFASS [MORAL DER RUTH HALBFASS, DIE]

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay: Volker Schlöndorff; Peter Hamm
Director of Photography: Klaus Müller-Laue; Konrad Kotowski
Cast: Senta Berger; Peter Ehrlich; Helmut Griem; Marian Seidowsky; Margarethe von Trotta
Country, Year of production:
D, 1972
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy; Drama; Crime

It all starts quite peacefully. A couple in love lies in a forest clearing and dreams of a life where there are no compromises. But the paths of the lovers separate on their journey home. She gets into a red sports car, he takes the streetcar. She, that's Ruth Halbfass (Senta Berger), spoiled wife of an industrialist. He, the lover (Helmut Griem), is an art teacher at the public high school. The city is located in the Rhine-Main area, and in nearby Frankfurt, there is a so-called "underworld", where men can be found "who will do anything for money": Killers. "When a woman gets into gear, nothing can stop her", says Ruth Halbfass to her husband (Peter Ehrlich). The industrialist laughs about this "nonsense", yet while he is listening to old Richard Tauber songs, blaring from the hi-fi ...

SUDDEN WEALTH OF THE POOR PEOPLE OF KOMBACH, THE [PLOETZLICHE REICHTUM DER ARMEN LEUTE VON KOMBACH, DER]

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay: Volker Schlöndorff; Margarethe von Trotta
Director of Photography: Franz Rath
Cast: Reinhard Hauff; Georg Lehn; Margarethe von Trotta; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Karl-Josef Cramer
Country, Year of production:
D, 1971
Color: black/white
Genre: Drama; History; TV Movie

In the year 1821, seven poor farmers and day laborers from Kombach in Upper Hesse try to rob the "money wagon", that transports the tax money from Biedenkopf to Gießen every month, in order to improve their situation. They fail five times due to their own clumsiness. When they finally succeed, they are quickly arrested, because "it's suspicious when a poor man has money". A documented report titled "The Mail Robbery in Subach", which was put to print in 1825 from the Criminal Secretary Carl Franz, and reprinted by a regional newspaper in 1909, was the main source.

VOYAGER [HOMO FABER]

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay: Rudy Wurlitzer; Volker Schlöndorff
Director of Photography: Jorgos Arvanitis; Pierre Lhomme
Cast: Sam Shepard; Julie Delpy; Barbara Sukowa; Dieter Kirchlechner; August Zirner; Thomas Heinze; Traci Lind
Country, Year of production:
D; F; GR; GB, 1991
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Romance

While on a flight, the 50-year-old UNESCO engineer Walter Faber (Sam Shepard) encounters the brother of his college friend, Joachim Henke. Henke has married Faber's teenage sweetheart Hannah (Barbara Sukowa). Before he can visit him, though, Joachim commits suicide. Faber's life begins to totter. On a cruise to Europe, he meets the 20-year-old Sabeth (Julie Delpy). Completely fascinated with the young woman, he accompanies her and ultimately sleeps with her. When Sabeth has an accident, Faber discovers that his lover is his daughter ...Adapted from the famous novel by Max Frisch.