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Icon of yesterday's cinema: Romy Schneider as "Sissi"

Icon of yesterday's cinema: Romy Schneider as "Sissi"
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Yesterday's cinema is dead!

A new generation of film-makers has arrived! No more majestic stags in sweeping German landscapes, no more hospital dramas with heartthrob doctors. Young German directors, meeting at the Oberhausen Film Festival in October 1962, call for a "new German cinema" ...

Bold and open to new ideas - the first ever "Oberhausener Kurzfilmtage" marks the beginning of a radical shift in film-making.

The organisers of the short film festival want to build bridges to "our neighbours" - that is, forge links with the politically ostracised film-makers in communist countries.

The event focuses discussion on the tensions between education and experimentation, commerce and the public-service mission. It soon establishes itself as an international forum, bringing together directors, buyers and producers.

Dirk Bitzer

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