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Christoph Schlingensief Retrospective

Christoph Schlingensief - Retrospektiven

With his theatre- and art actions, as a film maker and opera director, as a talkshow host and as an author he shaped the cultural and political discourse in Germany and far beyond over two decades.
Christoph Schlingensief's art looks behind the facades of hypocrisy and seeks out hidden desires, fears, dreams and aggressions. With all the diversity of his means, Schlingensief always claimed he was ‘first and foremost a filmmaker.

Filmgalerie 451 has produced some of his films and now distributes his complete filmic work worldwide. We also made the small, unknown films available, like his early Super-8-works, and further editions of his theatre works and actions are in preparation.

The immensly diverse work of Christoph Schlingensief makes discoveries and an individual programming possible, also off the beaten track of well-known titles such as THE GERMAN CHAINSAW-MASSACRE.

The following parts of his work are widely available as digitally restored version on Blu-ray with english subtitles. (For more information on formats and subtitles please visit the respective film page)

Films by Christoph Schlingensief distributed by Filmgalerie 451

Feature films

        German Trilogy

Shorts

Documentaries on Christoph Schlingensief

Recordings of theatre actions and further projects on inquiry

 

more information on Christoph Schlingensief

Press coverage

Schlingensief was a hugely influential artist in Germany. His work encouraged the audience to think critically and creatively about issues like immigration, unemployment, homelessness, the rights of disabled people and the Nazi legacy in contemporary Germany. (Tara Forrest, an editor of ''Christoph Schlingensief: Art Without Borders", University of Chicago Press, 2010)

Biography Christoph Schlingensief

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!
Schlingensief's last filmic project, The African Twin Towers features 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)

Flyer of the first complete Schlingensief-Retrospective 2010/11 in Cinema Babylon, Berlin

The complete pictures and texts are available!

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Chance 2000 - Abschied von Deutschland (D 2017, 131 min)

by Kathrin Krottenthaler, Frieder Schlaich

Documentary about Christoph Schlingensief's legendary election campaign - theater project

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Der fliegende Holländer (Christoph Schlingensief - DVD Edition) (D 2007, 429 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

The legendary opera performance at the Amazon in Manaus.

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Der Animatograph (Christoph Schlingensief - DVD Edition) (D 2005, 232 min)

by Christoph Schlingensief

"The Animatograph is no artificial visual organ, no camera. It is a human visual organ. It is the spectator as he sees himself while leaving marks, resembling images leaving marks on our retina." Christoph Schlingensief

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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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Interviewfilm - Christoph Schlingensief (D 2004, 77 min)

by Frieder Schlaich

Filmography as autobiography! Feature length interview with Christoph Schlingensief.

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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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Hamlet - This is your family (A 2002, 80 min)

by Peter Kern

Schlingensief's Hamlet in Zurich

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Ausländer Raus! Schlingensiefs Container (A 2002, 90 min)

by Paul Poet

"Absolutely the best film about me!" (Christoph Schlingensief)

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Freund! Freund! Freund! / Scheitern als Chance (DE 1997/1999, 167 min)

by Alexander Grasseck, Stefan Corinth

2 documentaries on Christoph Schlingensief's legendary actions CHANCE 2000 and 7 TAGE NOTRUF FÜR DEUTSCHLAND!

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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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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 (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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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!

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Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung (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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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 - 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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