Documentary on Bruno Ganz: From Angel to Hitler

Bruno Ganz passed away three years ago. Obituaries on home pages paid tribute to the century actor. In fact, everything has been said about the star of European cinema. After his “Der Untergang,” perhaps his most famous film, Andre Schaefer and Thomas Rosenberg explore lesser-known aspects of Gans. Her portrait shows the artist as a broken person. As a drunkard and reckless, he can become violent when things don’t go according to plan.

You punched Dennis Hopper in the face

An anecdote that illustrates this mood. Bruno Ganz posed in front of the camera with Dennis Hopper during the filming of Wim Wenders’ American Friend. Hopper arrived straight from Francis Coppola’s filming Apocalypse Now, and he was “dirty, rude, drunk and on drugs.” Even after many iterations, he was unable to retain his sentences of dialogue. Enraged by this neglect, Wenders stated that Bruno Ganz slapped him in the face “on the scene, in front of the camera”.

This obsession shows the perfect person who always gives everything. It is not tolerated when others do not agree with him. This trait has its roots in the autobiography. Born in 1941 as the son of a factory worker in Zurich Seebach, the actor came to the stage thanks to his friendship with the Zurich lighting technician Schauspielhaus. After his first participation in Göttingen, the early twenties moved directly to Bremen, where he achieved a breakthrough with Peter Zadek and Peter Stein.

Of course it’s all about talent and acting vision. Another unique feature of Bruno Ganz is that he had to train himself to lose his Swiss accent. However, this did not work perfectly. The vowel “a” in particular gives it away. His speech retains a remnant of that slow-moving Swiss accent. For him, this was a reason for him to never be satisfied and to keep questioning himself. In the strained relationship with his unique perfection, Bruno Ganz’s special aura is created.

Schaeffer and Rosenberg gather in their cinematic image the voices of his colleagues who appeared alongside him. Among them are Brigitte Hopmeyer, who acted with him in “Faust”, as well as Jodi Winter, who shared the stage with him during Sadiq’s era. And of course, Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of “Der Untergang”.

Bruno Ganz risked a lot in this controversial film. After Angel in “Der Himmel über Berlin” he slipped into the role of a mass murderer. Is it permissible to give human traits to Adolf Hitler? While the film itself received somewhat critical reviews, Bruno Ganz was praised. More Hitler is not possible, so thrust. In his own unique way, Bruno Ganz painted the portrait of a choleric paranoid who had Parkinson’s disease and overtaken Hitler’s youth with trembling hands. The dictator resented. Hitler was mutilated in order to identify him.

See the negative side

The documents do not close the view on the negative side: “I met a drunken world star,” explains Jens Harzer, who worked with Bruno Ganz in Munich Kamerspiel. In polyphony, the documentary paints an accurate portrait of an actor struggling with self-doubt who has finally defeated “ruined alcohol.”

The movie also reminds us of more tabloid aspects – like Bruno Ganz’s relationship with Romy Schneider in the 1970s. But the documentation offers more than just a collection of these anecdotes. The focus is mainly on theatrical work of the 1970s and 1980s.

A wide range of documentaries show the Swiss as a talented theater actor. On stage, he was able to feel the words from the inside and make them sound like a talented musician. He also stood in front of the camera more than a hundred times. However, he was denied a major breakthrough in world cinema. Pity.[[[[

“Bruno Ganz – Revolutionary Longing”, Arte, Sunday, 10:45 p.m.

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