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Werner Schroeter: Magnificent Obsessions

Saturday, March 30, 2013
8:00 p.m. Lecture by Stefan Drössler: Schroeter's Beginnings as a Filmmaker

In this special presentation, Stefan Drössler illuminates the beginnings of Schroeter’s film career through photos, documents, and tantalizing rare clips of Schroeter’s first 8mm films and home movies, digitally preserved by the Munich Filmmuseum. We follow his activities from 1967, when he visited the experimental film festival in Knokke and discovered film as a personal art form, to 1971, when he was established as a star of the undergound film scene and was able to shoot four films financed by different German television channels.

With film clips from Verona (1967), Magdalena (1968), Carla (1968), Home Movie (1968), Callas Walking Lucia (1968), Mona Lisa (1968), Maria Callas singt 1957 Rezitativ und Arie der Elvira aus Ernani 1844 von Giuseppe Verdi (Maria Callas, in 1957, Sings Elvira’s Aria and Recitative from Verdi’s 1844 Opera Ernani) (1968), La Morte d’Isotta (1968), Paula—“Je reviens (1968), Argila (1969), and Der Bomberpilot (1970). Clips from Munich Filmmuseum collection.

Stefan Drössler, the director of the Munich Filmmuseum since 1998, has published several books and articles about film history, film restoration, and film techniques. He curates film programs for festivals and Goethe Institutes, edits films for the DVD label Edition Filmmuseum, and has reconstructed film classics by Max Ophuls, Orson Welles, Werner Schroeter, Ernst Lubitsch, and others.

Total running time: c. 90 minutes.