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Hundred Years of Brecht (Hundert Jahre Brecht)

Hundred Years of Brecht

This film is an hommage to the poet who - like no other German writer in exile - has expressed the plight of his compatriots during the Nazi regime and the crimes committed by the oppressors. In the scenes from Baal, Dreigroschenoper, Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches, Fluechtlingsgespraeche and in poems, songs and autobiographical notes which are interwoven with each other, we discover an image of Germany as it was then and as it is now, how very much Brecht is still our contemporary: ....."what people, made of what kind of humans, in what kind of state, with what kind of thoughts." Bertolt Brecht

Ottokar Runze was born in Berlin in 1925 and worked as an actor at the Deutsches Theater from 1947-1950. He served as the director of the British Centre's theater in Berlin from 1951-1956 and was then a freelance director on German stages until 1963. He has been an independent film producer since 1968 and began writing and directing feature films and television plays since 1971. His films include: Viola und Sebastian (1971), Der Lord von Barmbeck (1973), Im Namen des Volkes (1974), Das Messer im Ruecken (1975), Verlorenes Leben (1975), Die Standarte (1977), Der Moerder (1979), Stern ohne Himmel (1980), Feine Gesellschaft - Beschraenkte Haftung (1981), Die Hallo-Sisters (1990), Linda (1991), Hundred Years of Brecht (Hundert Jahre Brecht, 1997), and Der Vulkan (1999).
Genre Biopic
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 1997
Director Ottokar Runze
Screenplay Ottokar Runze
Cinematography Michael Epp
Rebecca Runze
Weill, Eisler
Cast Elfriede Irrall, Götz Schubert, Christian Redl, Meret Becker, Matthias Fuchs, Juergen Hentsch, Heinz Schubert, Udo Samel, Hanne Hiob, Margret Homeyer, Michael Mechel, Henning Schlueter, Rainer Strecker
Producer Ottokar Runze
Production Company Ottokar Runze Filmherstellung/Berlin, in co-production with EuroArts Entertainment/Stuttgart
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 1998 (Panorama)
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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