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The 120 Days of Bottrop (Christoph Schlingensief - DVD Edition)

THE 120 DAYS OF BOTTROP (CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF - DVD EDITION) (Die 120 Tage von Bottrop (Christoph Schlingensief - DVD Edition)) Christoph Schlingensief, D 1997, 200 min

The Last New German Film

"I think Fassbinder is beeing rated wrong, he was a cynic and once again brushed off all the genres to see what is insinde and then vault himself into the universe." Christoph Schlingensief

With his theater and art actions, as a filmmaker and opera director, Christoph Schlingensief (1960 – 2010) shaped cultural and political discourse in Germany over two decades. His ninth feature “The 120 Days of Bottrop” is a homage and swan song to Fassbinder – a hard blow against the German Film.

The surviver of the Fassbinder family meet on Potsdamer Platz for the shooting oft he Last New German Film – a remake of Pasolini’s „The 120 Days of Sodom“. Chaos total: Director Schlingensief, degraded to a set manager, will be replaced by an unknown, who get’s the Bundesfilmpreis award. Film as a nightmare - or vice versa.

Content / DVD:

  • “The 120 Days of Bottrop”** (1997, 16mm, 60 min. – restored film, 2K Scan)
  • Alexander Kluge in conversation with Christoph Schlingensief* (1997, 11 min.)
  • Christoph Schlingensief – Interview* (2004, 2 min.)
  • Promo video for film funding (1997, 5 min.) - no subtitles
  • Making-of (1997, 70 min.) - no subtitles
  • Outtakes (1997, 31 min.) - no subtitles
  • Christoph Schlingensief in conversation with film critics (1998, 21 min.) - no subtitles
  • Schlingensief – Film trailer - no subtitles
  • 28-page booklet with photos and texts

German Theatrical Release: 11/06/1997



to be continued

Christoph Schlingensief @ Filmgalerie 451

Statements by Christoph Schlingensief on the German theatrical release of DIE 120 TAGE VON BOTTROP, November 1997

My favourite sentence comes from Helmut Berger: "It's never to late to want the impossible, even if you know that you can never reach it." We had to cut ten times, because he was so pissed, that he could only memorize parts. Meaning to say, it's really a nice film.

Mister Schlingensief, you can be seen and heard on all channels at the moment. First you put on "48 hours survival for Germany" at documenta in Kassel, and while doing it, you were arrested, then you hit the headines with your talk show at the German TV-Station RTL, and after your "Railway Mission" at Hamburg Playhouse now the premiere of your new film is coming up. Why this extasy of production?

For me this is a test track. We have just a bit more than two years to go until the turn of the millennium. From 2000 on everything will be different, won't it? Cars can fly, we feed on pills. But until then anything goes, just do it. I'm doing it with a pure lust of doing.

And what will be after the last New German Film?

If they give me the Four Seasons, I would like to become a hotel owner and manage it for half a year. Or I become a bus driver, one of those who drives around with a microphone in their hand and show places to people. I don't like being on earth, but once I'm here, at least I want to experience a couple of things.

What does Fassbinder mean to you?

I like it if somebody does so many things. I believe that he has been misjudged for a cynic who just had a look into all the genres to see what's left, and then blasted himself into space.

When auteurism is over now ... You are an auteur, aren't you?

One should have a castle in Scotland, invite friends, make films, and then send them the tapes. But if that doesn't work, I think one should drag the actors into some village for three weeks and shoot something there on location without screenplay. We don't need to bring ourselves to perfection. We have to raise the quota of mistakes in film. Make mistakes.

Your opinion on the medium TV is very determined ...

If I was the federal chancellor, I would have a few TV-editors brought here to the Grand Hotel in Berlin, would have them arrested behind barbed wire and watchtowers. I would feed them with lobster and caviar all day, and in TV they would have to watch their own productions all the time. Suicide would definitely be in sight here. I would hide a gun for them somewhere.

Have you seen a psychiatrist sometime?

Once. But as I don't want to change, I don't need to go there again. I feel splendid.


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