Filming of the NDR teleplay TAXI NACH LEIPZIG (FRG, 1970, directed by Peter Schulze-Rohr) was already finished when the WDR station in Cologne decided to launch a crime series called Tatort over the entire ARD public broadcasting network. The cab ride of television commissioner Trimmel (Walter Richter) across the inner-German border was the beginning of a success story that has continued to gain popularity up to the present day. Often watched by more than ten million viewers, Tatort is perhaps the last “bonfire” of German television. Its thousandth case repeats the inaugural title, TAXI NACH LEIPZIG (DE, 2016, directed by Alexander Adolph), but this time Charlotte Lindholm (Maria Furtwängler) and Klaus Borowski (Axel Milberg) sit in the back seat – as hostages of the taxi driver.
In honor of this special anniversary, the Deutsche Kinemathek’s Mediathek Fernsehen (Television Media Library) has filled in the gaps in its Tatort collection, and can now offer all broadcasted episodes of the police procedural crime series for individual viewing on-site. In addition, at six media stations, the special presentation 1000 Tatorte – Alle Filme. Alle Fälle showcases exemplary clips from five decades of Tatort and includes select exhibits that reflect on the reception history of the show’s unique programming format. One of these media stations presents the results of the audience vote “#1000tatorte” (finished on october 14, 2016) – and introduces the five most popular Tatort homicide investigation teams.
In collaboration with ARD, DRA, ORF and SRF
Media partners: epd medien, Medienkorrespondenz, rbb Fernsehen und tatort-fundus.de