West German Filmmakers on Film: Visions and Voices

West German Filmmakers on Film: Visions and Voices

West German Filmmakers on Film: Visions and Voices

West German Filmmakers on Film: Visions and Voices

Synopsis

A collection by West German film directors that provides a comprehensive overview of the German Cinema and its history which, since the 1960s has been marked by crisis and confrontation.

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The New German Film is dead. Those who created it in a collective of individuals will have to work from now on on their own. They will have it hard enough; Zimmermann will make sure of this. . . . the New German Film has had its day. It is time to say goodbye to it.

--Peter Buchka, writing in 1983

The strength of German film is its variety.

--The Hamburg Declaration, 1979

The taxpayer does not want to be provoked, he wants to be entertained.

--West German Minister of the Interior, Friedrich Zimmermann, in an interview with Der Spiegel, July 1983

The State of Things: Calm Prevails over the Country. Everyone for Himself and God against All.

--Wolfram Schütte, assessing West German film at the Berlin Festival, February 1985

So far as the West German film is concerned, there really is life after Fassbinder.

--J. Hoberman, discussing the moma series, "Recent Films from West Germany," early 1985

For years mythologies circulated about the origins of New German Film: tales of a gathering of angry young men, about their strident . . .

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