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Wilhelm Furtwaengler - Longing for Germany (Sehnsucht nach Deutschland - Wilhelm Furtwaengler)

Wilhelm Furtwaengler - Longing for Germany
Scene from "Wilhelm Furtwaengler - Longing for Germany" (photo © Transit Film)

When Wilhelm Furtwaengler died nearly 50 years ago, he presumably knew that something had gone wrong in his life - but what exactly was it? His despise for the Nazi regime was matched by his blindness towards the fact that they did not only kill culture, but also people. Considering himself as a guardian of the most precious treasure Germany had to offer, its culture, he was as well a willing servant as a hard to suffer contrary fellow for the fascist government.

The film approaches the charismatic conductor in an at once associative and documenting manner. It illuminates the world in which Furtwaengler grew to fame, grasping some overlooked threads by combining unusual and new footage with newly shot pictures and interviews in a highly visual style.

Oliver Becker was born in 1967 and started making short films at the age of 14. In 1995, he made his first television documentary, followed by numerous other classical music documentaries and international concert recordings. A selection of his films includes: Dem Licht entgegen - Alexander Skrjabin: Kalkuel und Ekstase (1996), Portrait Peter Michael Hamel (1997), Verschlossene Heimat - Prokofjiews Sowjetisches Tagebuch 1927 (1998), Protest der Stille - der 9. Oktober 1989 in Leipzig (1999), Die Jagd nach dem Blech - ein musikalischer Spass mit German Brass (2000), Longing for Germany: The Conductor Wilhelm Furtwaengler (Wilhelm Furtwaengler - Sehnsucht nach Deutschland, 2003), Enlightened Love - Laughing Death (Wagner: The Staging of a Family Drama) (Leuchtende Liebe - Lachender Tod (Das Familientheater der Wagners), 2004), Kent Nagano - Seeking New Shores (2006), Klangfarbe Zukunft - Das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester (2007), and Into the Cold Dawn (Dem kuehlen Morgen entgegen, 2008).
Genre Music, Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2003
Director Oliver Becker
Screenplay Oliver Becker
Cinematography Jörg Jeshel
Bernd Euscher
Peter Hecker, Lea Saby
Producer Elke Peters
Production Company Neue Mira Film, in co-production with Transit Film/Munich, ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 60 min
Format Beta SP PAL
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Mono
With backing from Nordmedia
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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