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Queen - Marianne Hoppe, The (Koenigin - Marianne Hoppe, Die)

Queen - Marianne Hoppe, The

A portrait of one of the most fascinating German actresses, now on her way to becoming the cult image for the art of acting in 20th century Germany. She represents continuity in discontinuous periods of time. Like a queen, she has kept her own counsel on how much this continuity has demanded of her, especially between 1933 and 1945.
The film utilises the form of internal monologue to link the expression of this great actress in her roles to what happened to her and within her, as well as to what still appears today in her public appearances - oscillating links to reality. So arises a vital conflict between life and art throughout the years from 1925 to 1999 that should inform our own desires and political assertions.


Werner Schroeter (1945-2010) made his first films on 8 mm in 1967/1968. He also worked in the theater and staged his first opera (Lohengrin) in Kassel in 1979. He made his first feature-length film Eika Katappa in 1969 and followed it with, among others, The Death of Maria Malibran (Der Tod der Maria Malibran, 1971), Golden Flakes (Goldflocken, 1976), Kingdom of Naples (Neapolitanische Geschwister, 1978), Palermo or Wolfsburg (Palermo oder Wolfsburg, 1980), Day of Idiots (Der Tag der Idioten, 1981), The Rose King (Der Rosenkoenig, 1985), Malina (1990), Love\'s Debris (Abfallprodukte der Liebe, 1996), Die Koenigin - Marianne Hoppe (2000), and Two (Deux, 2002).
Category Documentary
Director Werner Schroeter
Screenplay Werner Schroeter, Monica Keppler
Cinematography Thomas Plenert, Alexandra Kordes
Florian Koehler
Peer Raben
Cast Martina Gedeck, Marianne Hoppe, Judith Engel, Evelyn Kuenneke, Lola Muethel, Barbara Nüsse, Martin Wuttke, Einar Schleef, Robert Wilson, Maren Eggert
Producer Elke Peters
Production Company Mira Filmproduktion, in co-production with ARTE, Transit Film/Munich, SFB/Berlin, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation/Wiesbaden
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 2000: Panorama, Locarno 2000, Lisbon 2000, Vienna 2000, Haifa 2000, Rome 2000, Duisburg 2000 (ARTE Documentary Award), Rotterdam 2001
With backing from Bremer Innovations-Agentur
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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