DERBY FEVER USA Roland Klick, D 1978/79, 87 min
DERBY FEVER USA mixes interviews, visits to the betting offices, the jockeys, the horse breeders, the election of the Derby Queen, but also focuses on the visitors, the local people or local politicians, in a dynamic filmic collage that also incorporates TV advertisements and news footage.
It is a mixture of an impressive environmental study and portrayal of a time and era that never condescends to social criticism. It clearly shows Robert Klick's affinity towards the US and is as much about hopes and people's need for ritual, the American Dream as what is left of it.
Awards and Festivals
- Bundesfilmpreis in Silber 1979