Edgar Reitz

Edgar Reitz

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Bauten, Schnitt, Ton, Musik, Produzent
*01.11.1932 Morbach (Hunsrück)

Biography

Edgar Reitz was born in Morbach/Hunsrück in 1932. After school graduation, he studied Literature, Journalism and Drama in Munich. Parallel to this, he attended acting classes and made his first attempts at literature. He has worked as a production assistant, dramaturge, cameraman and film editor. In 1962, Reitz was one of the signatories of the "Oberhausen Manifesto". Together with Alexander Kluge and Detten Schleiermacher, he founded the Institute for Film Design at the College of Design in Ulm, where he worked as a lecturer in Camera, Dramaturgy and Montage from 1963 onwards.

Since 1966, Reitz has realized and produced his own feature films. He has received several German Film Awards, including for his film "Stunde Null" ("Zero Hour") in 1977. Since 1995, he has been a professor of film at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe. He worked on his epochal cycle "Heimat" from 1980 onwards. The completion of the third part of this cycle already meant it had a length of 53 hours; "Heimat 3" was celebrated its premiere at the "Mostra" in Venice in 2004.

He then went on to work on "Ortswechsel", an equally ambitious project: derived from discussions between Reitz and composer Johannes Kalitzke about the interdependence of music and motion pictures as art forms, the experimental silent film was accompanied by a live orchestra and premiered in 2007 at the Music Days in Donaueschingen.

Following extensive preparations, Edgar Reitz began principal shooting of his new feature film "Die andere Heimat" in the spring of 2012: Set in the 19th century in a village in the Hunsrück region, it tells the story of two brothers, who, when faced with poverty and despair, ponder if they should emigrate to South America like many of their peers. The four hour work premiered at the Venice film festival and opened in cinemas in October 2013.

Filmography

2013 Die neun Rebellen von Oberhausen
Participation
 
2011-2013 Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht
Director, Screenplay
 
2002-2004 Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende (6 Teile)
Director, Screenplay
 
2002-2004 Schabbach ist überall
Participation, Producer
 
2002-2004 Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende. 1. Teil: Das glücklichste Volk der Welt (1989)
Director
 
2002-2004 Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende. 2. Teil: Die Weltmeister (1990)
Director
 
2002-2004 Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende. 3. Teil: Die Russen kommen (1992-1993)
Director
 
2002-2004 Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende. 4. Teil: Allen geht's gut (1995)
Director
 
2002-2004 Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende. 5. Teil: Die Erben (1997)
Director
 
2002-2004 Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende. 6. Teil: Abschied von Schabbach (1999-2000)
Director
 
1994/1995 Die Nacht der Regisseure
Director, Screenplay
 
1991 Abschied vom Drehbuch
Participation
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 01. Die Zeit der ersten Lieder
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 02. Zwei fremde Augen
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 03. Eifersucht und Stolz
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 04. Ansgars Tod
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 05. Das Spiel mit der Freiheit
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 06. Kennedys Kinder
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 07. Weihnachtswölfe
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 08. Die Hochzeit
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 09. Die ewige Tochter
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 10. Das Ende der Zukunft
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 11. Zeit des Schweigens
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 12. Die Zeit der vielen Worte
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 13. Kunst oder Leben
Director
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat (13 Teile)
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1987/1988 Der Radfahrer von San Cristóbal
Producer
 
1985/1986 Das Schweigen des Dichters
Producer
 
1985 Filmgeschichte(n). Die Stunde der Filmemacher
Cast, Director, Producer
 
1982 Ein Denkmal für den Hunsrück. Ein paar Tage mit Edgar Reitz
Cast
 
1981-2006 Heimat Fragmente: Die Frauen
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 1. Teil: Fernweh (1919-1928)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 2. Teil: Die Mitte der Welt (1929-1933)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 3. Teil: Weihnacht wie noch nie (1935)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 4. Teil: Reichshöhenstraße (1938)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 5. Teil: Auf und davon und zurück (1938/1939)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 6. Teil: Heimatfront (1943)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 7. Teil: Die Liebe der Soldaten (1944)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 8. Teil: Der Amerikaner (1945-1947)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 9. Teil: Hermännchen (1955-1956)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 10. Teil: Die stolzen Jahre (1967-1969)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat. Eine deutsche Chronik. 11. Teil: Das Fest der Lebenden und der Toten (1982)
Director
 
1981-1984 Heimat (11 Teile)
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1980-1982 Geschichten aus den Hunsrückdörfern
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Interviews, Director of photography, Producer
 
1979 Susanne tanzt
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1978 Der Schneider von Ulm
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1977/1978 Deutschland im Herbst
Director, Screenplay
 
1977/1978 Deutschland im Herbst. Episode 08: Der Grenzposten
Director, Screenplay
 
1976/1977 Stunde Null
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1975 Altstadt - Lebensstadt
Director, Director of photography, Producer
 
1975 Bethanien
Director, Director of photography, Producer
 
1975 Wir gehen wohnen
Director, Producer
 
1975 Wir planen ein Picnic
Director, Producer
 
1975 7 Jahre - 70 Jahre
Director of photography, Producer
 
1974 Der lange Abschied von Oberhausen
Participation
 
1974 In Gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Set design, Music, Producer
 
1973 Biermann-Film
Director, Director of photography
 
1973 Die Reise nach Wien
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1971/1972 Kino zwei
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Sound, Producer
 
1971/1972 Das goldene Ding
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
1969/1971 Geschichten vom Kübelkind
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
1968/1969 Uxmal
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
1968/1969 Cardillac
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1968/1969 Filmstunde
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1968 Feuerlöscher E. A. Winterstein
Director of photography
 
1968 Die Erben von Papas Kino
Participation
 
1967 Karin Rohn. Gymnastik für alte Leute
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1966/1967 Schlagerfilme
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1966/1967 Fußnoten
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
1966/1967 Mahlzeiten
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1966 Die Kinder
Director, Screenplay, Sound, Producer
 
1965/1966 Abschied von gestern
Director of photography
 
1965 Binnenschiffahrt
Director, Screenplay
 
1964/1965 VariaVision. Unendliche Fahrt - aber begrenzt
Director, Screenplay
 
1962/1963 Geschwindigkeit. Kino eins
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1962 Einer wie Du und ich aus Europa
Director
 
1961/1962 Post und Technik
Director, Screenplay
 
1961/1962 Kommunikation - Technik der Verständigung
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1960 Ärztekongreß
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1960 Moltopren I-IV
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1959/1960 Yucatan
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1959/1960 Baumwolle
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1959 Krebsforschung I
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1959 Krebsforschung II
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1959 Sechs Verkehrserziehungsfilme
Director, Director of photography
 
1958 Schicksal einer Oper
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1954 Auf offener Bühne
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1954 Gesicht einer Residenz
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing