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BIG EDEN, THE

Rolf Eden is Germany’s last playboy. As ‘king of disco’ he launched the first beauty contests popularizing DJing and striptease in prudish West Germany. The father of seven children from seven different women, he has danced with the Rolling Stones and Ella Fitzgerald in his clubs. Rolf Eden is a larger than life octogenarian with long, blond hair… his girlfriend is younger than his grandchild. It is not only his eccentric glitzy lifestyle that continues to irritate as much as it humors the public; the real provocation derives from his militant cheerfulness: "My whole life I was lucky. That’s true. One hundred percent. I was only ever lucky, no downs, no hick-ups, never any real trouble, only up, up, up until today."

This unflinching conviction was essential for Eden when he, coming from a Jewish background, entered the German entertainment business in the 1950s. Leaving Israel via Paris, he returned to post-war Germany to open a nightclub on West Berlin’s famous Kudamm Boulevard, decidedly blocking out the country’s recent dark history.


Peter Dörfler was born in Aschaffenburg in 1967 and studied at the Offenbach College of Design from 1987-1995. Active as a documentary cinematographer and director, his films as a director include: DER PANZERKNACKER (2006), ACHTERBAHN (2009), and THE BIG EDEN (2011).
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Peter Dörfler
Screenplay Peter Dörfler
Cinematography Peter Dörfler
Producers Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stöter
Co-Producers Kurt Otterbacher, Bert Schmidt
Production Company Rohfilm Productions, in co-production with Strandfilm/Frankfurt, ZDF, ARTE
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2011, Vienna 2011, Planete Doc 2012, Cambridge 2012
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Board, Nordmedia, German Federal Film Fund, Hessian Film Fund