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Archive material from “Musensöhne” (photo courtesy of Filmallee)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2011

The Third Reich never ceases to be a treasure trove of fascinating historical material and with Musensöhne (“Sons of the Muse”), writer-director Philipp Clarin has come up with a nugget of pure gold.

Here, in his latest project, Clarin relates how the National Socialists founded an elite boarding school for music, at the personal wish of Hitler himself. This would be where the most talented boys in the Greater German Reich would be brought up and trained to become the leading musicians of the future Germany.

But instead of raising the boys to also become proper Nazis, the school’s headmaster, Kurt Thomas, feels more obliged to church music and humanistic culture than to the Blut und Boden (“Blood and Soil”) ideology of the Third Reich – and thus, at the ‘Musische Gymnasium’ a dangerous and tricky balancing act between the poles of educational responsibility, artistic freedom and political doctrine takes it course.

Musensöhne” says Clarin, “recounts a fascinating microcosm. It features a wealth of different archive material to relate a complex and gripping story from the time of the Third Reich.”

Philipp Clarin was born in 1975 in Munich. After high school graduation he became a camera assistant on numerous television programs before starting an internship with ARRI Munich, after which he entered Munich’s University of Television & Film.

Clarin’s previous projects include Edelweiss Raid – Wettkampf in den Alpen (writer-director, 2009, for BR) and Alpenklöster – Ettal (writer-director, 2009, for 3Sat). He has also been a jury member at the Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival 2009 and is a regular visiting lecturer at various schools on the subject of Media Competence.

Genre History, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Philipp Clarin
Screenplay Philipp Clarin
Cinematography Oliver Tataru
Tom Kohler
Wolfram de Marco
Cinzia Fossati
Cast Michael Dorn
Producer David Lindner
Production Company Filmallee/Grünwald, in co-production with WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Format DigiBeta PAL, color, 16:9
Shooting Dates May 2009-July 2010
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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