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Christoph Schlingensief

Fassbinder said “I don’t throw bombs. I make films“, and I would have loved to tell him, “I make films, too”. (Christoph Schlingensief in Christoph Schlingensief and his Films)

NEWS

- The Schlingensief - exhibition has reached New York! Do not miss to visit the MoMA PS1 between March 9 and August 31. Filmretrospective at MoMA in May.
- Christoph Schlingensief - Exhibition in Berlin, until January 19th 2014
- June 2013: Complete retrospective in BERN!
- SAY GOODBYE TO THE STORY at the Berlinale 2012
- GOLDEN LION @ VENICE BIENNALE 2011!
- HAMLET - THIS IS YOUR FAMILY on DVD

The German Pavilion, composed of works of Christoph Schlingensief, was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2011! The work of Christoph Schlingensief represented German's entry at the Venice Biennale 2011 (June 4th - November 27th). Filmgalerie 451 was responsible for the film part: 6 films were screened every day in new, digitally-restored HD versions inside the German Pavilion - many of them for the first time with English subtitles: Menu Total, Egomania, 100 Years Adolf Hitler, The German Chainsaw Massacre, Terror 2000, United Trash as well as Frieder Schlaich's Interviewfilm.

About the director

Christoph Schlingensief, video and performance artist, theatre and opera director, talk show host, author and all-round cultural rebel always insisted that he was first and foremost a filmmaker.
His "The German Chainsaw Massacre" presents our first ever VHS release; since then, Filmgalerie 451 produced some and released all of Christoph Schlingensief's films - from feature films to his early 8- and 16mm short films.

Christoph Schlingensief's filmography: Complete DVD Edition (12 DVDs) – can be ordered here exclusively!

Growing up in the shadow of the New German Cinema, Schlingensief was deeply influenced by the likes of Rainer Werner Fassbinder - many members of whose stock company of actors such as Udo Kier, Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann or Volker Spengler became regulars in Schlingensief's films - or Alexander Kluge, with whom he collaborated on numerous occasions. To said period of film, Schlingensief delivered both a heartfelt homage as well as the final coup de grâce with "The 120 Days of Bottrop" (special guest appearance by Helmut Berger!) in much the same way he dealt with German avant-garde cinema 15 years earlier with his first feature film „Tunguska – The Crates Are Delivered“ starring Alfred Edel. Other influences include Luis Buñuel, Werner Schroeter or Herbert Achternbusch - and Schlingensief's filmic works have been compared to just as wide a range of filmmakers, from Jean-Luc Godard to Russ Meyer.

It was with his "Germany Trilogy", consisting of "100 Years Adolf Hitler - The Last Hour in the Führerbunker", "The German Chainsaw Massacre - The First Hour of the Reunification" and "Terror 2000 - Germany out of Control" that Schlingensief came to prominence. Since then he shaped the cultural and political discourse in Germany for more than two decades and established himself as one of the country's most important and versatile artists.

"As the son of a pharmacist, what I often say is that my father cured people with minute amounts of poison. He gave them poison so that their bodies could right themselves. And I think that’s how we should understand images of Germany. When I’m making a film I would like to know what disease I’m dealing with."
                                                          - Christoph Schlingensief, Christoph Schlingensief and his Films

To gain more insight into the complex web of influences, aims and stories behind one of Germany's most daring, innovative and radical filmmakers, we recommend "Christoph Schlingensief and His Films", Frieder Schlaich's 2005 feature film length interview, the DVD of which contains nearly all of Christoph Schlingensief's early short films as bonus material!

Don't miss his third feature film "Egomania" for one of the first appearances of a young Tilda Swinton!
Watch this space for the release of Schlingensief's last filmic project, The African Twin Towers with Patti Smith!

On 21st August 2010, during his preparations to represent Germany and design the Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2011, Christoph passed away far too early. We miss him dearly - and will continue to take care of his filmic oeuvre.

Although not able to design it himself, The German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2011 was completely devoted to the works of Christoph Schlingensief. It was awarded the Golden Lion.

Obituary in the New York Times
Obituary in The Guardian

Venice Biennale 2011 – German Pavilion: Christoph Schlingensief – Press Release (2011)
Biography by the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1998)
Kunstforum Biography in English (1998)

Christoph Schlingensief DVD-Edition (D 1967-2003)

by Christoph Schlingensief

The complete filmography + Interview Film only here at a Special Discount!

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Say Goodbye to the Story (ATT 1/11) (D 2011, 23 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

A not-Making of that tells us more about the death of a story as a story about the death of a story ever could.

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The African Twin Towers (D 2005-2009)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Lost in Namibia - a documentary about Christoph Schlingensief's last, unfinished film - commented by himself.

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Freakstars 3000 (D 2003, 75 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Christoph Schlingensief's answer to the Talent Show frenzy!

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Interviewfilm - Christoph Schlingensief (D 2004, 77 min)

by Frieder Schlaich

Filmography as autobiography! Feature length interview with Christoph Schlingensief.

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Die 120 Tage von Bottrop (D 1997, 60 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

The survivors of the old Fassbinder crew get together one last time in order to make the last New German Film: a remake of Pasolini's "Salò".

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United Trash (D 1995/96, 77 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Between John Waters, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the ZAZ films and Leni Riefenstahl: the only politically explosive gross-out film!

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Udo Kier - Tod eines Weltstars (D 1992, 45 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

The ultimate ode to Udo Kier!

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Christoph Schlingensief - Deutschland Trilogie (4 DVDs) (D 1989 - 1992, 200 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Special Box Set of the celebrated Germany Trilogy, including a feature length interview & 7 early short films!

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Terror 2000 (D 1992, 79 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Schlingenisef's frenzied conclusion to his "Germany Trilogy" has detectives Peter Kern & Margit Carstensen on the trails of Gladbeck hostage takers Udo Kier & Alfred Edel!

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Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker (20th Anniversary Special Edition - 2 DVDs!) (D 1990, 63 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

The cult film now as 20th Anniversary Special Edition!

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Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker (D 1990, 60 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Since the opening of the borders, hundreds of thousands of East Germans have left their old homeland. 4% never made it to the other side. This is their story.

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100 Jahre Adolf Hitler (D 1989, 55 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

The last hour in the Führerbunker: Hitler (Kier), Göring (Edel), Goebbels (Kuhlbrodt) & Co fight out a very private war of their own.

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Mutters Maske (D 1987/88, 85 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Visconti meets "Dallas" in Schlingensief's official remake of Veit Harlan's "The Great Sacrifice" (1944)! With Udo Kier & Helge Schneider!

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Egomania (D 1986, 84 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Apocalypse in the Perpetual Ice: Udo Kier (as The Devil) and Tilda Swinton in Schlingensief's definite end-of-the-world scenario!

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Menu Total (D 1986, 81 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Meat, Your Parents: A morbidly wicked parade of ghosts of the past, packed with black humour! Booed at the Berlinale 1986! Wim Wenders left after 10 mins!

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Tunguska (D 1984, 71 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Schlingensief's way of getting even with German avant-garde film: the complete "Trilogy of Film Criticism - Film as Neurosis" on 1 DVD!

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Christoph Schlingensief und seine Filme, Interview und Kurzfilme (D 1968-2004, 157 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

7 early short films on 8-, super 8- and 16mm! Commented by the director!

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Christoph Schlingensief - 16mm Kurzfilme (D 1982-1986, 70 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Early 16mm short films by Christoph Schlingensief!

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Christoph Schlingensief - 8mm-Kurzfilme (D 1968-1977, 70 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

Early 8mm short films by Christoph Schlingensief!

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