Gabriele Jatho (ed.):
PLAY IT AGAIN ...! 60 Jahre Berlinale
Deutschen Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen
Bertz + Fischer Verlag, Berlin 2010
Bilingual edition (German/English)
96 pages, 45 photos, 9 euros
The book for the Berlinale Retrospective 2010 in the FilmHeft series: here, all in one issue, are the films of the Retrospective documented in-depth with many filmographic details and contemporary reviews. From A BOUT DE SOUFFLE (BREATHLESS), Jean-Luc Godard’s nouvelle-vague classic that caused a sensation in 1960 at the Berlin International Film Festival and won a Silver Berlin Bear; to YELLA, Christian Petzold’s poetically precise story of the flight and departure of a woman who leaves everything behind, and for whose portrayal Nina Hoss was awarded the 2007 Silver Berlin Bear. From AI NO CORRIDA (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES), Nagisa Oshima’s film that sparked moral outrage at the festival in 1976 and was then confiscated by the district attorney; to VOSKHOZHDENIE (THE ASCENT), a Soviet film by Larisa Shepitko, winner of the 1977 Golden Berlin Bear.
PLAY IT AGAIN …! is a film historical excursion through six decades of festival history in which international cinematic highlights, such as Michelangelo Antonioni’s LA NOTTE (THE NIGHT, 1960/61) and Wong Kar-wai’s DUOLUO TIANSHI (FALLEN ANGELS, 1995), were brought to the screen as also feature directorial debuts, such as Werner Herzog’s LEBENSZEICHEN (SIGNS OF LIFE, 1967/68). The Retrospective includes the works of directors that were both acclaimed and denounced; and jury decisions, both welcomed and rejected. Films that created political scandals, including Michael Cimino’s THE DEER HUNTER whose screening at the 1979 Berlinale caused the Soviet, East-European and Cuban delegations to leave town, are set in contrast to treasures of European auteur cinema, such as Alain Tanner’s subtle, melancholy film DANS LA VILLE BLANCHE (IN THE WHITE CITY, 1982/83), or Niels Arden Oplev’s father-son story, DRØMMEN (WE SHALL OVERCOME, 2005/2006). The book opens with an introductory essay by David Thomson, who selected the films in the programme. All in all, an indispensable companion for the Berlinale and a reliable reference far beyond the festival.