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Roland Klick Retrospective

Roland Klick - Retrospectives

Roland Klick is a legend, quite the only one in the last 40 years of German film history.
With Mario Adorf he shot the psychedelic western DEADLOCK, with Dennis Hopper WHITE STAR, a morbid farewell to Punk. Klick made big, disturbing popular cinema - but after only six feature films the career of German cinema's great white hope had mysteriously come to a halt.
Although his films won six federal film awards, he did not join the ranks nor shared the success of the New German Cinema directors who marginalized him for being too commercial. Roland Klick was made an outsider. But he was also an uncompromising film junkie who risked everything with every film - always close to the abyss. Klick still had an international following and has enjoyed the respect of fellow filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Alejando Jodorowsky for his command of genre and his boldness with films that defy categorisation.

Filmgalerie 451 has Roland Klick's most important films in their worldwide distribution catalogue. For the first comprehensive Klick showcase in the UK (Cambridge Film Festival in association with Goethe-Institute, London) in autumn 2013 DEADLOCK, SUPERMARKT and WHITE STAR were digitally restored and are now available on DCP and Blu-ray for the first time! All films by Roland Klick are available with english subtitles. We aren't entitled to distribute the films BÜBCHEN and LIEB VATERLAND MAGST RUHIG SEIN, but we can put you in contact with the rights holder. (For more details on available formats and subtitles please visit the respective film page.)

Films by Roland Klick distributed by Filmgalerie 451

Feature films

 

Short films

  • WEIHNACHT, D 1962/63, 10 min, s/w, 35 mm
  • LUDWIG, D 1964, 16 min, s/w, 35 mm (Otto Sanders erste Rolle)
  • ZWEI, D 1965, 26 min, s/w, 35 mm
  • JIMMY ORPHEUS, D 1966, 52 min, s/w, 35 mm

Documentaries on Roland Klick

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Biography Roland Klick
Roland Klick was born in Hof/ Saale on the 4th of July, 1939. He spent his childhood in Neumünster, a small town in the German province of Schleswig-Holstein. Before turning to film, Klick made a name for himself as a jazz musician and painter. Later on, he studied theatre for eight semesters and was subsequently enrolled at the German Institute for Film and Television. During that time, Klick began to write his first screenplays and worked as a cinematographer for the documentary feature MÜNCHEN - TAGEBUCH EINES STUDENTEN by Rolf Schünzel. In 1962, Roland Klick started making short films: WEIHNACHT (1962), LUDWIG (1964) and ZWEI (1965), all of which won prizes at film festivals (Mannheim, Krakau, Tours). During the production of his first feature film JIMMY ORPHEUS (1966), the production company Atlas went bankrupt. Using the material he had already shot, Klick produced an hour-long version of his film that consisted mainly of the artistic impressions of a drifter on his nightly journey through strip clubs.
Searching for an Italian co-producer for his film DEADLOCK, Klick travelled to Rome and started collaborating with Federico Fellini, with whom he prepared SATYRICON for several months. While in Rome, a newspaper article inspired Klick to start work on his debut feature film BÜBCHEN (1968). The film is a subtle psychological study of an 11-year-old boy who kills his sister. Even after the boy gets help from his father to cover all tracks, the film doesn’t reveal whether this gruesome death was an accident or a deliberate murder.
Shortly after the birth of his son Alexander, Roland Klick’s wife Marlis died in a car crash. Klick tried to compensate for his loss with work, and began shooting DEADLOCK (1970) in the Israeli desert shortly thereafter. Klick’s allegory of the End of Days was influenced both by spaghetti westerns and the 1970s drug culture, and was produced at his own financial risk. DEADLOCK was a critically-acclaimed box-office hit, garnering Roland Klick his first German Film Award. His next film was SUPERMARKT (1974), the mesmerising tale of the hopeless fight for survival in the city jungle, which led to Klick’s second German Film Award. Looking for stories that would attract a big audience, Klick adapted a novel by Johannes Mario Simmel: LIEB VATERLAND, MAGST RUHIG SEIN (1976). In 1979, Roland Klick won his third German Film Award for the documentary DERBY FEVER, USA. This brilliant account of the popular American horse races and the media hype they created was co –produced by Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Subsequently, Klick planned to adapt the bestseller CHRISTIANE F. – WE CHILDREN FROM BAHNHOF ZOO for the big screen. After numerous script drafts and continuous struggles with the production company, Klick finally abandoned the project and began preparations for WHITE STAR, which, like DEADLOCK and SUPERMARKET, was to be self-produced. WHITE STAR is set in Berlin’s music scene of the time, and stars Dennis Hopper in the lead role. It was made in 1981/82, premiered at the Hof International Film Festival and won Roland Klick his fourth German Film Award.
WHITE STAR was followed by the comedy SCHLUCKAUF about a young female villager who gets stranded in Berlin. Severe fights with the producers and the German Federal Film Board caused the film to remain unreleased.
After that, Roland Klick withdrew from the film business completely. He started to travel through South-East Asia and South America and lived on the west coast of Ireland for many years. Since then he has worked on numerous essays on film theory and a novel. Roland Klick works as a lecturer at several German film schools.

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Roland Klick - The Heart is a Hungry Hunter (D 2013, 80 min)

by Sandra Prechtel

Documentary about one of the most extraordinary directors in the history of German film.

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Das Kino des Roland Klick - Interview und Kurzfilme (D 1997, 177 min)

by Roland Klick / Frieder Schlaich

Interview film with Roland Klick from 1997 about all his films.

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Schluckauf (D 1987-1989, 92 min)

by Roland Klick

Country girl Flo (irene Findeisen) wants to hit the catwalks of Berlin. The only ticket to her new life is the business card of a supposed model. After a tough struggle she manages to nest in Chantal's (Cathy Haase) Kreuzberg stucco flat.

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White Star (D 1981-83, 92 min)

by Roland Klick

Hopper at his self-destructive height in Berlin's 1980s music scene!

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Lieb Vaterland magst ruhig sein (D 1975, 88 min)

by Roland Klick

An East-German small-time crook becomes a double agent and is caught in the cross-fire between West & East! Klick's Johannes Mario Simmel adaptation!

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Supermarkt (D 1973, 84 min)

by Roland Klick

Between "The French Connection" and "Rebel Without A Cause", "Supermarket" is rightfully regarded as a cult classic of German cinema.

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Deadlock (Special Edition) (D 1970, 88 min)

by Roland Klick

Klick's gritty psychedelic Western - with a soundtrack by CAN!

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B├╝bchen (Deutschland 1968, 86 min)

by Roland Klick

There is something decaying in the bourgeois garden - the debut of Roland Klick!

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