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Rokoko

Rokoko

Rokoko takes place on one day in 1753 . The children's uninhibitedness is juxtaposed with the restraint of the teenage performers who only give a hint of the emotions, while the adults draw on their experiences of life to play their roles ... A neglected castle and the natural surroundings serve as the backdrop for a summer comedy loosely based on Carlo Goldini. It is not the story itself, but rather the different acting techniques by the non-professional adult, teenage and child actors that provide the film's subject. The children's uninhibitedness is juxtaposed with the restraint of the teenage performers who only give a hint of the emotions, while the adults draw on their experiences of life to play their roles. The playing remains recognizable as a "game" and takes on a light and parable-like character. Unknown musical pieces by well-known composers from the 18th century were recorded on historical instruments for the film. Compositions by the eight- and 16-year-old W. A. Mozart underscore the youthful atmosphere of the film, while pieces by Marais do justice to the melancholic side of a young man.


Ulrike Pfeiffer was born in Korbach in 1951 and studied Creative Photography at the Academy for Art and Design in Cologne from 1974-1978 and followed this by attending the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. She has lived and worked in Hamburg since 1985. Her films as camerawoman include Multiple x (1981), Das oranische Tor (TV, 1985), Die froehliche Wallfahrt (1991) and Die drei gerechten Kammacher (1992/93) while her directing credits include the shorts Das ist ein Ende (1981), Umweg (1982), Gala (1983), and Oh - die vier Jahreszeiten (1988). The feature-length film Rokoko (1996) was originally made as a short in 1984.
Category Feature
Director Ulrike Pfeiffer
Screenplay Ulrike Pfeiffer
Cinematography Philipp von Lucke
Florentine Bruck-Ramisch
Berndt Heller, Manolis Vlitakis, Jannis Antonopoulos, Christian Uibel, Karol Beffa
Cast Frank Behnke, Ronny Tanner, Coraly v. le Fort, Karl Heil, Uwe Irmscher, Antonia zu Knyphausen, Benedict Ladanyi, Franz von Lucke, Sarah-Louisa von Saldern
Producer Ulrike Pfeiffer
Production Company Ulrike Pfeiffer Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with ARTE, WDR
Length 81 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung des Saarlandes, Hessisches Ministerium fuer Wissenschaft und Kunst