SUPERMARKET (Supermarkt) Roland Klick, D 1973, 84 min
Between "The French Connection" and "Rebel Without A Cause", "Supermarket" is rightfully regarded as a cult classic of German cinema.
The style of Director of Photography Jost Vacano (Das Boot, RoboCop, Starship Troopers a.o.), whose legendary tracking shots became part of cinematic lore, can be traced back all the way to "Supermarkt": faced with the difficulty of having to run after its protagonist and to produce the now-legendary heist scene, Vacano levelled the camera gyroscopically, a technique he would later usw in "Das Boot" - and basically invented a steady cam 2 years before the invention of the steady cam.
Hence, the camera becomes one with the spectator's eye: with an intense knowledge of the milieu it depicts, the audience follows protagonist Willi, acting in a story not to far from his own, through the shady bars and back yards of Hamburg of the 70s. The camera's moveability matching that of the protagonist, "Supermarket" creates a gripping experience of a restless, homeless life on the run.
The title song of the film is the first song by Marius Müller Westernhagen (Marius West)!
Awards and Festivals
- Bundesfilmpreis in Gold 1974 für Roland Klick und Walter Kohut (Darsteller Theo)
- Prädikat: Besonders wertvoll