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Forever Flirt (Strausskiste, Die)

Forever Flirt

"Films without words. Waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and marches. Tales from Vienna and elsewhere. Of yesterday and nowadays. Lovers, eaters, dancers. Old and young. Dressed in period and jeans. All connected by the joy, sensuality, embrace, and the bitter-sweet feeling of the short-lived pleasures of life. My admiration for the short films of Max Ophuels went into this work. Some are stories, some observations. All are about music and light, color, movement, and emotions. A young woman remembers a ball in Venice. An apprentice magician visits a frustrated lady after a fight with her husband. An upholsterer finds a pile of gold. Two aircraft paint a heart in the sky. The girls' twirling skirts look like whipped cream. A circus waves good bye. And seniors show their photographs: 'When we were young'...

It is the summer of the 100th anniversary of Johann Strauss' death. An homage to the greatest genius of entertaining music." Percy Adlon

Percy Adlon was born in 1935 in Munich and studied Art, Theater and German Literature at the Ludwigs-Maximilian-University in Munich. After three years as a stage actor, he worked as a narrator and editor of a literature series for radio and television. In 1970, he started his film work for television and made more than 150 documentaries about art and the human condition. His first feature film, Céleste (1981), drew international attention. His film Bagdad Café (Out of Rosenheim,1987) was a great success, winning the Best Film Award in Rio de Janeiro and two Césars. Together with his wife, Eleonore Adlon, he has written and produced numerous films, including: Sugarbaby (1984), Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989), Salmonberries (1991) winner of the Grand Prix des Amériques in Montreal, the TV-movie The Glamorous World of the Adlon Hotel (1997), a series of 22 short films without words, Die Strausskiste (2000), Dog$hit (aka HAWAiiAN GARDENS, 2001), Koenig\'s Sphere (2003), and Orbela\'s People (2007).
Genre Music

Year of Production 2000
Director Percy Adlon
Screenplay Percy Adlon
Cinematography Percy Adlon
Ila von Hasberg
Johann Strauss, Jr
Cast Eva Mattes, Lolita Davidovich, Herbert Foettinger, Alfred Eschwé
Producer Eleonore Adlon
Production Companies Pelemele Film/Munich & Santa Monica, Leora Films/Santa Monica, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE, ORF/Vienna
Length 72 min
Format DigiBeta PAL, color
Original Version
 no dialogue
Festivals Montreal 1999

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