He also fired several times at the center of the red light in Hamburg. “Bad Boy” in the German film: The death of director Klaus Lemke. In his honor, ZDF will screen the ZDF TV movie “Rocker” on Friday, July 8, 2022 from 1:30 AM. The 1971 movie is From Saturday 9th July Available in the ZDF Media Library.
Klaus Lemke: “The great sexual obsession of German cinema”
A successful movie needs three ingredients, as Klaus Lemke liked to say: good boobs, a bad director, and no screenplay. “Klaus Lemke was German cinema’s biggest fetish, a free spirit that would likely only develop in the Munich Schwabing,” she wrote. Culture Editor BR Knut Cordsen at his obituary.
And the head of the WDR fantasy program, Alexander Bikl, says: “Who was able to draw the line between art and life, in the life of Klaus Lemke? From his creation he was a filmmaker in the broadest sense. In the truest sense of the word, he would say, he will never lose for indecency.”
Search for “Small and Meaningful Longings”
Lemke, born in Landsberg/Warthe in what is now Poland, has been making films on a small budget for over 60 years. Even with his early works, which were mainly produced for television, such as “Brandstifter” (1969) or “Rocker” (1972), he focused the light on the dark side of society. According to Bickle, Lemke has never outgrown the people his films are about. “Ashwaq the little and mean, in films such as” Rock “, “Dancing with the Devils” or “Berlin Iza Bitch!” “They acquire a brittle shine but never fade. We will miss Lemke, the fortune-teller, who understands people; what he leaves behind is his unmistakable eye for the fleeting moments of that thing called life.”
His workplace was primarily Munich. Movies like “Idole” or “Amore” were studies of the Schwabing scene. Most of the time he worked with amateurs he discovered in Munich, Hamburg or Berlin in cafes or on the street, often hiring them on the spot. His discoveries include television stars such as Wolfgang Fierek and Cleo Kretschmer.
The “Rat” and “3 Minute Heroes” are from Biology Studies in Hamburg
His photography also took Lemke to Hamburg’s red light district. So he turned there in 1992 with “The Rat” and then “I’m Dreaming, Julia!” (2005) and “3 Minutes Heroes” (2004), which deals with everyday life in St. Pauli – with amateur actors. After things calmed around him in the ’90s, he entered the most productive phase of his career in the 2000s and made 20 good movies of the 2000s, all with amateur cast.
Klaus Lemke makes dialect socially acceptable on German TV
“The Lemke characters are the bullies, the miserable locals who dress their snot like bikers in leather jackets, knowing that sooner or later they’ll fall down,” Maximilan Sippenauer of BR in his obituary for Lemke. “Lemke learned this way of storytelling in the French cinema of Nouvelle Vague, with the anti-Godard or Triforce heroes—cheap, unpolished, formidable.” Working with amateur actors and looking at everyday life, Lemke created “original cinema” and made the dialect socially acceptable on German television.
In recent years, he has also filmed movie after movie, such as “Underwear Lies” (2016), “Bad Girl Avenue”, “Neue Götter in der Maxvorstadt” (both 2018) and “Ein Callgirl für Geister” (2020). Recently, he appeared at the Munich Film Festival at the end of June – he was already physically beaten. At the time, he said he could no longer walk well, holding a sign that read, “Art comes from kissing.”