Munich Documentary Series “Schickeria”: Forgotten City of Dreams – Media

As far as Munich’s history is concerned, sharks have been largely neglected so far. There were thirty of them, if you believe the narrator Iris Perben, who once swam in the disco “Yellow Submarine” on Leopoldstrasse, in a water basin surrounding the ballroom in a circle.

In the four-part documentary series eleganceCreated by Janic Romero for Munich-based Constantin Film and Amazon Prime, you can see these sharks for about a second. After that, however, they keep spinning around your head. How is it that you – not a city native, but have been in Munich for over thirty years – have never heard of creatures that could have been attributed to any Bond movie?

It may be because there was already a lot going on in Munich – a lot of putting everything on a coherent record. And because many ideas appeared only briefly, then disappeared again. One reads: Just a year after its opening in 1973, the Yellow Submarine fell into the downward spiral of the architecturally and conceptually bold shopping and entertainment center “Schwabelon”, to which the club belongs. It is possible that the visionary has taken too much.

Soon the Hai, and at some point, Schwabelon too, later the disco and finally everything. There is no stone left today. Which can lead to a strong sense of nostalgia, not just for those who have been there. Those who have not been there are more prone to such sadness – because of course nothing can come close to the imaginary sharks of Munich that now swim in your imagination forever.

The series’ subtitle also fits this Vanitas sentiment: “When Munich Was Still Hot”. This is only meant to captivate viewers, but at the same time it makes a definitive statement about the present: there is nothing exciting in Munich anymore. conflict? can not be expected. And while that’s not the focus of the documentary—which has no real focus as it randomly and chaotically jumps through everything that happened in the city from the hippie days to the decadent ’80s—the former sex creators have been caught. They are all amazing, some long-forgotten pioneers.

It’s hard to imagine what two forgotten brothers did to Munich

For example, the Sami brothers “from the Caucasus”, as they say, were Iranians. In 1967 they opened The Drugstore, which soon became the central hippie shop in Munich, then The Blow Up, Germany’s first large-capacity disco, and finally Citta 2000, a trendy shopping mall whose idea was stolen straight from Swinging London. (At the same time everything is gone). And so it went: the first peep shows, the first mainstream sex movies (“Schoolgirl Report”), the first synthesizers, set on a percussion track, with the associated futuristic studio (Giorgio Moroder) and so on – all innovations, which then also partly attracted the biggest names Back then, from Jimi Hendrix to Freddie Mercury and Quinn to the Rolling Stones.

In hindsight, it is almost inexplicable how such a foreground presence and the constant presence of world stars can go along with the relaxed, regional, always the same feeling of Munich, which also existed and of course still exists. But for a while they both existed at the same time – until the village and its community regained the qiblah supremacy through sheer insistence. Almost at this moment, the brilliant glow of frenzy before drowning, Helmut Dietl was forever captivated in the “Kare Royal”.

Contemporary witnesses who have spoken are all indestructible older villagers, others no longer alive – and of those who spoke on camera, some of them actually died, such as actor, photographer and director Roger Fritz. The usual suspects remain, starting with Iris Berben and Thomas Gottschalk through Michael Graeter, Uschi Glas, Kleo Kretschmer, Michael Käfer and Günter Sigl von der spider murphy ring, and so on. When they sit there comfortably and nicely explaining in an educational way how brutal everything was, you tend to get mentally closed.

Yet these four episodes are rich enough to get lost in the past—rich in thousands of old documentary snippets, adorable illustrated men’s napkins and women’s legs in miniskirts, and forgotten dreams that flash briefly like a shark tank. Strong feelings that were like this, or aimless grief for those born later, are quite possible upon consideration.

Schickeria – When Munich was still exciting. Four episodes on Amazon Prime.

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