The inventor of the docu-drama is dead, the director Dieter Wedel – Culture

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He wrote the history of television with “The Great Bellheim” and “The Shadow Man”. But in the course of the #MeToo debate, allegations of abuse of power were also brought against him. Director Dieter Wedel has passed away at the age of 82.

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Dieter Wedel was born in Frankfurt in 1939. His first major success as a director was the three-part series Once in a Lifetime – A Story of a Private House, in which he used the example of the fictional Semming family to describe the problems involved in building a home. He also participated with the family in other films, the last of which was in the movie “The Semmeling Affair” in 2001.

Wedel collects his first TV experiences on NDR

He initially studied theater studies, journalism, and history, and obtained a d. Elephant. Ph.D. Dieter Wedel began his career in 1966 at Radio Bremen. The following year he went to the NDR in Hamburg. Under Dieter Michsner, the head of the NDR TV show at the time, Weddell learned to develop a sense of social developments and changes and to be skeptical of prevailing opinion and to research them carefully. Weddell wrote in his autobiography that this encounter was very lucky for him.

He made his first feature film in 1970. Wedel directed the NDR production “Gedenktag” (about the uprising in East Berlin on June 17, 1953). He also wrote the script and, alternating between real interviews and acting scenes, created an entirely new form of television drama, “documentary drama”, which was then taken up by Eberhard Fechner and then Heinrich Prelor (“The Manns – A Century Roman”, 2001). It is further developed. “Memorial Day” was repeated seventeen times until reunification in 1989.

TV story with “The Great Bellheim”

In 1993, the four-part series “Der Große Bellheim” made television history. Weddell manages to explain economic relations to the public in an interesting way and refute the prejudice that “economics is a stake killer”. Two primary themes define the story, as he explains in a conversation with ZDF editor Siegfried Braun: “…the most important thing: money, and secondly the question of what you do with your life.” Topics that move people.

On average, ten million viewers see each of the four parts, as four old men — Mario Adorf, Will Quadflege, Heinz Schubert and Hans Kurti — keep a department store.

Allegations against Weddell in the context of the #MeToo . debate

He had further successes with “Der Schattenmann” and “Der König von St. Pauli”. Wedel has also appeared as a theater director, including under director Peter Strebeck at the Hamburg Thalia and as director of the Nibelungen Festival in Worms.

He was most recently the Artistic Director of the Bad Hersfeld Festival. He resigned from the position in 2018 after several actresses accused him of abuse of power, including sexual assault and rape, during the #MeToo debate. Several ARD stations as well as the second German television company Bavaria Film and private radio Sat.1 began internal investigations after the allegations against Fidel became known, but found no evidence of possible attacks.

As part of Wedel’s indictment at Munich’s First District Court, a decision should now be made as to whether the charges against him should be accepted. However, the decision cannot be made because the Higher Regional Court has a death certificate from Fidel.

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