The Info List - Werner Schröter

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WERNER SCHROETER (7 April 1945 – 12 April 2010) was a German film director , screenwriter, and opera director known for his stylistic excess. Schroeter was cited by Rainer Werner Fassbinder as an influence both on his own work and on German cinema at large.


* 1 Life and career * 2 Personal life * 3 Filmography * 4 Shorts * 5 Documentaries * 6 References * 7 External links


Schroeter started out as an underground filmmaker in 1967. Garnering a small cult following, the director also made his mark on the international festival circuit. Defying categorization, his films lie somewhere between avant-garde and art cinema. Magdalena Montezuma was a German underground star that became his muse until her death in 1985. Other notable actors to star in his films include: Bulle Ogier
Bulle Ogier
, Carole Bouquet , and Isabelle Huppert .

After attending the Film Festival at Knokke , Belgium in 1967, Schroeter made his first 8mm film, Maria Callas Portrait, that consisted of animated stills of Callas overlaid with the sound of her singing. Eika Katappa was his first feature, which mixes pop and opera. The film was self-financed and won the Joseph von Sternberg prize for “the most idiosyncratic film” at the 1969 Mannheim Film Festival .

His “total cinema” films were predominantly produced by Das kleine Fernsehspiel (“The Little Television Play”), a small experimental department of the German public-service station. The company supported some of Schroeter’s most controversial projects including: The Bomber Pilot (70), Salome (71), Macbeth (71), and Goldflocken (76). The Reign of Naples (it) marked the director’s shift toward more plot-driven films, commenting: “it is much more radical to play with the content than with the aesthetics of the image. The era of independence is over. Our society has not fulfilled the promises hoped for around ’68-’70.” The film won many prizes domestically and internationally and was his first commercial release. Portrait by Reginald Gray Paris. 1974.

Schroeter had also worked in film as a producer, cinematographer, editor and actor. As an actor, he appeared in several films directed by his friend Rainer Werner Fassbinder , including Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), and a number of theatre productions. During the second half of the 1980s, Schroeter became widely known as a theater and opera director both in Germany
and abroad, returning to filmmaking in 1990 with Malina , a literary adaptation starring Isabelle Huppert based on Ingeborg Bachmann ’s novel. The film won the German Film Award in Gold. Deux also stars (and was written for) Huppert and premiered at Cannes in 2002, but didn’t get German distribution.

His 1980 film Palermo oder Wolfsburg , telling the story of a Sicilian guest worker in Germany, won the Golden Bear at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival , while his 1991 production Malina was entered into that year's Cannes Film Festival .

Although he is mainly known for elaborate and excessive camp fables, the director also made some hard-hit