Deutsch-Französische Filmbegegnungen Foto: Gérard Philipe in: Die Abenteuer des Till Ulenspiegel (1956)
Deutsch-Französische Filmbegegnungen Foto: Gérard Philipe in: Die Abenteuer des Till Ulenspiegel (1956)

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Not an Easy Romance - German-French Film Relations

Text taken from: epd-Film No. 6 (2009), author: Michael Kinzer, Page 56
In autumn 2007, Filmmuseum Potsdam showed films from eight decades that delivered insights into the varied film relations between Germany and France. The screenings were accompanied by speeches and panel discussions in which (among others) German directors Matthias Luthardt and Christoph Hochhäusler participated. Transcripts of the discussions as well as further contributions by film scientists on the history of German-French film relations are now available in digital format on Filmmuseum Potsdam’s website. As an introduction, Jean-Pierre Jeancolas presented a survey of the not-always-cooperative relation between the two cinema nations during the period from 1929 to 1944. As Renate Epperlein showed with her speech on the partnership between the DEFA studios and French producers in the 1950s, (East) German-French film relations suffered from the general political conditions following World War II. In their articles, epd-Film author Gerhard Midding (who writes on French films in the FRG after the German reunification) and Yann Kacou (who deals with the significance of German films for the French market) detail how German and French films are perceived in the respective neighbouring country and what artistic and economic value is attached to them. The fifth chapter contains the speeches and panel discussions that accompanied the film series. For reasons of economy, a print version of the informative compilation that sheds light on one of the "white spots" of film history will not be published.