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  • A SONG FOR AN UNKNOWN ACTRESS

    A SONG FOR AN UNKNOWN ACTRESS

    Being an actress in L.A. is a demanding job on many levels. Five women show us what it really means to “follow your dreams” and demonstrate that happiness and success are not necessarily related. Driving from one audition to the next, reading for bit parts or commercials, updating social media channels, getting headshots done and working survival jobs on the side: Being an actress in Los Angeles is a demanding job on many levels. But despite the hardships and desperation, […]

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  • THE BLACK MUSEUM

    THE BLACK MUSEUM

    America’s history through the lens of the African American experience: We take a journey through the spectacular new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. For a hundred years it was demanded, dismissed, and postponed. Since September 2016 it has stood like a bronze beacon in the middle of Washington, D.C.: the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Across 100,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across eight levels, the museum explores America’s history […]

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  • ALPHABET MAGIC

    ALPHABET MAGIC

    Typographer Hermann Zapf’s career spanned seven decades. He designed over two hundred fonts, among them Optima, Palatino and Zapfino, which are installed on every Apple computer. An extraordinary lifework. What Beethoven is to music and what Michelangelo is to sculpture – according to one of his former students – this is what Hermann Zapf (1918-2015) is to the arts of calligraphy, type design and typography. The German typographer’s career spanned over seven decades, during which he designed more than two […]

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  • GIOVANNI BELLINI AND ANDREA MANTEGNA

    GIOVANNI BELLINI AND ANDREA MANTEGNA

    Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini are among the most important artists of the Early Renaissance. Their work was closely interlinked and yet they remained rivals throughout their lives. Who were these men? Both born in Italy in the 15th century, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini became the most important artists of the Early Renaissance, although they could not have been more different. The two painters, who were brothers-in-law, influenced each other’s work for many years, but throughout their lives they […]

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  • THE LAST CATHEDRAL

    THE LAST CATHEDRAL

    Italian Rinaldo Rinaldi one of the last set painters to produce their huge backdrops in specially constructed spaces in theatres. An excursion into the magical world of the theatre. Rinaldo Rinaldi is one of the last set painters to produce their huge backdrops in specially constructed spaces in old theatres. Traditionally, these halls were passed on from one set painter to another but nowadays their work is increasingly outsourced. Rinaldo Rinaldi has been at the Teatro Comunale Modena in Italy […]

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  • LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity. He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling, led his life in the fast lanes between Hollywood, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In the middle of the Californian desert, where Hollywood stars […]

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  • REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TANGERINE DREAM

    REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TANGERINE DREAM

    Edgar Froese, electronic music pioneer and founder of the band Tangerine Dream, was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. A tribute to the musician, who died in 2015, and to the era of electronic music. „Tangerine Dream is science fiction!“ Electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese founded the band Tangerine Dream at the end of the 1960s. He was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. He used heartbeats and breathing sounds, and experimented with synthesizers […]

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  • METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    From rock star to politician. Freddy Lim, Taiwan’s most political heavy metal singer, pursues his own unique career from passionate stage performer to active member of parliament. We accompany him for one year. Shaking his long hair and yelling hoarsely into the microphone, Freddy Lim from Taiwan is in his element performing on stage as the lead singer of his heavy metal band. But he’s no less passionate about his political career. In 2015, he founded the New Power Party […]

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  • TOKIO HOTEL – BEYOND THE WORLD

    TOKIO HOTEL – BEYOND THE WORLD

    With millions of records sold, the German band TOKIO HOTEL became a teenage sensation, first in Germany and then internationally. A close-up portrait of a band that has grown up and follows its own, highly individual path. At the age of nine, German twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz decided they wanted to become famous. By the time they were twelve, they had formed a band together with Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing that went on to conquer the world as […]

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  • WE WERE KINGS

    WE WERE KINGS

    Music drama about a group of youths from the German provinces who make it to LA with their band – but fail disastrously. As adults, they overcome their personal demons to make music again. And they stay friends. „We swear we’ll be the best rock band ever,“ they scribbled immodestly on the back of their demo tape in 2000. „If you don’t believe us, fuck off!“ The recipients were the biggest record labels in America, the senders: UNION YOUTH, a […]

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  • PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    Focusing on the phenomenon of her extraordinary voice, this film pays tribute to ‚The First Lady of Song‘ – Ella Fitzgerald – on what would have been her 100th birthday on 25 April 2017. Ella Fitzgerald’s voice is a phenomenon and unrivalled to this day. She had absolute pitch and perfect intonation. Ella’s voice spanned three octaves, her phrasing seemed effortless, and the odd moments in her nearly sixty-year career when she sang off-key were few and far between. There […]

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  • CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher write successful crime novels about an era that has never before been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich. They have written crime novels about an era that until now has rarely been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich, itself the cause of inconceivable crimes and atrocities. Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher have broken an unspoken German rule that the Third Reich should not be the subject of […]

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