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SING! INGE, SING! - THE SHATTERED DREAM OF INGE BRANDENBURG (SING! INGE, SING! - DER ZERBROCHENE TRAUM DER INGE BRANDENBURG)

SING! INGE, SING! - THE SHATTERED DREAM OF INGE BRANDENBURG
Inge Brandenburg & Chet Baker (photo © MB-Film)

In Germany, jazz had a voice: Inge Brandenburg.

Inge Brandenburg had a difficult upbringing and soon had to learn to stand on her own two feet, but by the late 1950s she was being acclaimed as Europe’s finest female jazz singer. TIME magazine compared her with Billie Holiday, while musicians in general admired her. But the German record industry ignored her or tried unsuccessfully to reduce her to singing hit songs.

This is the story of a woman in the 1950s and 1960s, when there was no place in Germany for self-assured women with international aspirations, a dramatic performance style and an emancipated attitude to love.

Through SING! INGE, SING! it is possible to discover a great German artiste.


Marc Boettcher was born in Berlin and trained as an actor, while also attending courses in Theater Studies and German Language and Literature. He was still at school when he made his first films. Since 1988 he has been active as a dramaturge, actor and director working in Stuttgart, Lübeck and Berlin, where he ran his own theater, kunstgriff e.V., in the 1990s. He also works as a freelance television director and dubs foreign-language films. He has published numerous essays as well as a book on Henrik Ibsen and a biography of the iconic singer of hit singles, Alexandra. He founded the production company MB-Film in 1999, and it was with this company that he went on to make his successful television documentary ALEXANDRA: THE LEGEND OF A SINGER. His biography of the world-famous composer Bert Kaempfert was published in book form in 2002 and was followed by the 120-minute television documentary of the same name, STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT – THE BERT KAEMPFERT STORY, in 2003. In 2004 Parthas published his book Alexandra: The Legend of a Singer. In 2006 his film I WANT IT ALL: THE GITTE HAENNING STORY was shown at film festivals and on television and nominated for the 2007 Adolf Grimme Prize and NRW Culture Prize. He has also worked on productions for Discovery Channel and undertaken research into the lives of Daliah Lavi and Esther Ofarim. In 2011 his documentary on the 20th anniversary of the stage début of the band Rosenstolz was shown on German television. SING! INGE, SING! is his first cinema documentary.
Genre History, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Marc Boettcher
Screenplay Marc Boettcher
Cinematography Oliver Staack
Cast Inge Brandenburg, Klaus Doldinger, Udo Jürgens, Joy Fleming, Fritz Rau, Emil Mangelsdorff, Paul Kuhn, Max Greger, Wolfgang Sauer
Producer Marc Boettcher
Production Company MB-Film/Berlin, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, ARTE, HR/Frankfurt
Length 117 min
Format DigiBeta, HD, Blu-ray, color, b&w, 16:9
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Version English
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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