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Through Roses

Through Roses

Through Roses is a film about the tyranny of memory - the memories of a Jewish violinist who survived Auschwitz. Maximilian Schell plays Carl Stern who had played the violin and had to watch through the rose hedge of the camp commander's garden how his fellow inmates were herded into the gas chambers. Now, in a ritual of madness, Stern is overwhelmed by his memories and fantasies. Through Roses tells the story of a man who was forced by history to emigrate from his own - German - culture, who spends his final days in an old people's home somewhere in America - as a prisoner of his own memories. Through Roses, based on the play of the same name by the author and composer Marc Neikrug, also shows the magnificent musical performance by the violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman, himself the son of a musician who survived Auschwitz.


Juergen Flimm was born in Giessen in 1941 and studied Theater Studies, German and Sociology in Cologne. He has staged around 70 plays at theaters in Germany and abroad since 1971 and has been the director at theaters in Mannheim, Hamburg, Munich, Bochum, Frankfurt, and Cologne. A selection of his television films include: Polly (1974), Turandot (1975), Die Geburtstagsfeier (1978), Uns reicht das nicht (1978), Polnischer Sommer (1981), Civil Wars (1984), Die Wupper (1984), Wer zu spaet kommt (1990), Through Roses (1996), and Kaethchens Traum (2003).
Category Feature
Director Juergen Flimm
Screenplay Juergen Flimm, Marc Neikrug
Cinematography David Watkin
Dagmar Hirtz
Marc Neikrug
Cast Maximilian Schell, Julia Sternberger, Pinchas Zukerman, Derrick Weiser
Producer Ulrich Lenze
Production Company Cinecentrum/Koeln, in co-production with WDR
Length 74 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English

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