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Big Mambo, The (Mambospiel, Das)

Big Mambo, The

Martin, an actor occasionally in work, persistently refuses to grow up. He runs through Berlin and also through his dream of himself making a film, about his younger years. However, nobody apart from him wants this film. Maria, an actress, comes by a bag full of money quite by chance which a bankrobber had to leave behind on the run from the police. Maria and Martin, this is the story of a love which doesn't succeed for long, but doesn't come to an end though. They go at it hammer and tongs. There is plenty of troubles and misunder-standings. Martin lives in films he loves, a world Maria does not understand. But there are moments of happiness where both know: it's only right with us two. Julia, seventeen, the daughter of a former girlfriend of Martin's, is raped. A farewell note is found. A surprise is awaiting him when he decides to enter the flat of the missing girl for one last time...

Michael Gwisdek was born in Berlin in 1942 and studied at the "Ernst Busch" Academy for Performing Arts in the capital. He has appeared extensively in the theatre as well as on the small and big screen. He has worked for directors like Roland Graf (Der Tangospieler, 1990/91), Peter Fratzscher (Nachts, 1997), Christoph Eichhorn (Der Mann auf der Bettkante, 1995) and Hajo Gies (Die Glocke von Amelung, 1994). He made his directorial debut in 1989 with Treffen in Travers and followed this with Abschied von Agnes (1994) and The Big Mambo (Das Mambospiel, 1998).
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Michael Gwisdek
Screenplay Michael Gwisdek
Cinematography Roland Dressel
Michael Gwisdek, Andreas Helm
Detlef F. Petersen
Cast Corinna Harfouch, Jürgen Vogel, Michael Gwisdek, Henry Hübchen, Uwe Kockisch, Franziska Petri
Producer Hermann Florin
Production Company Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft/Berlin
Length 106 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Berlin 98: in competition, Pyongyang 98

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