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Eckhart Schmidt began his career as a film journalist at the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, among others. At the end of the 1960s, he made his first films (Jet Generation and Atlantis – Ein Sommermaerchen). Since the 1980s, he has also been working as a documentary filmmaker. His feature films include: Der Fan, Loft, Die Story, Das Wunder, Undine, Der Sandmann, Girls – Maedchen – Ragazze, and 24/7 Sunset Boulevard, and Sunset Motel. His documentaries include: Sunset Boulevard, The Myth of Hollywood, Black Hollywood, Young Hollywood, Las Vegas – First City of the 21st Century, Francesco Rosi – Momente der Wahrheit, Musen, Macht und Glamour, Motel California, and Federico Fellini - Through the Eyes of Others. He has also directed several opera films, including Der Ring des Nibelungen and Der Prinz von Homburg.