Die UFA ist die erfolgreichste deutsche Traumfabrik und hat Filmgeschichte geschrieben.
Klassiker wie ‚Metropolis‘ von Fritz Lang entstanden hier, Hollywood-Größen wie Alfred Hitchcock oder Billy Wilder haben in den Filmstudios gedreht. Eine Hommage.Die UFA – “un film allemand”, wie die Franzosen sagen: ein deutscher Konzern, der Filmgeschichte geschrieben hat. Was macht die UFA aus, diesen riesigen Tanker, der in den letzten hundert Jahren viele Höhen und Tiefen erlebte?
Fünf deutsche Staatssysteme erlebte die UFA im Laufe ihrer Geschichte: vom Kaiserreich über die Weimarer Republik und die NS-Zeit bis zur Adenauer-Ära und hin zum modernen Medienkonzern als Teil des Bertelsmann-Imperiums.
Die Dokumentation erzählt den Werdegang des größten und ältesten deutschen Filmkonzerns als Unternehmensgeschichte von staatstragender Bedeutung. General Ludendorff nutzte die UFA und das neue Medium Film von Anfang an als Propagandainstrument für den deutschen Kaiser.
In der Weimarer Republik produzierte die UFA innovative Werke wie “Dr. Mabuse”, “Metropolis” und “Der blaue Engel”. Der Tonfilm machte die UFA erst richtig groß, bevor der NS-Propaganda-Minister Goebbels die totale Unterwerfung propagierte. Heute glänzt die UFA auf dem Studiogelände in Babelsberg vor allem aber mit ihren historischen Hochglanz-Mehrteilern. Der Konzern, der sich in seiner Geschichte immer wieder finanziell übernahm, wurde mehrfach vom deutschen Staat gerettet. Die Dokumentation betrachtet ein Jahrhundert deutsche Filmgeschichte mit Ausschnitten aus berühmten Filmen wie ‚Metropolis‘ von Fritz Lang und ‚Der blaue Engel‘, mit dem Marlene Dietrich ihren Durchbruch hatte. Aber auch vergessene Film-Schätze werden ausgegraben.
single woman suffers from a fear of love and trains to become a
professional pole dancer in order to deal with this fear and to examine
Fear of Love Hi,
my name is Marieke and I’m afraid of love. People call it fear of
abandonment. It means that you feel an emptiness you can’t fill and it
follows that your love life is even more disappointing than the average
day out to the Dutch seaside. This fear is central to this film. In
order to increase my chances to have a fulfilling lovelife, I teach
myself how to pole dance professionally; I train myself from scratch and
end up as a contestant in the Dutch Pole Dancing Championship.
Even if you do not suffer from a fear of love you’re likely to
experience some form of inner turmoil; the film will also be interesting
for people who periodically suffer from other forms of general
anxiety. Whilst I’m filming all of these small disasters, I want to show
that life is never easy and full of emotional inconveniences. By
illuminating the mess hiding behind the perfect facades of people’s
lives I aim to make the viewer more acquainted and at ease with feelings
of vulnerability and sadness. For if you encounter these feelings and
decide not to deal with them, this mess will start ruling your life.
How did the idea for the film come about? “Of
course you’ll be able to pole dance too if you practice every day for
three months,” a friend promised me after I admitted to be unsure about
whether I’d ever be able to pole dance at a high level. I said this
while we’re both watching a performance by the incredible Juul de Metz.
Juul ended up becoming my private coach and I did reach that
professional level, even if it took me a little longer than three
months. The goal that we both set for me: to become a contestant at the
Dutch Pole Dancing Championship within a year from starting the
The research Before I started
training, I’d ungraciously swung around a pole a few times, that’s it. I
was nowhere near being able to give a performance. Still, I felt very
committed to achieve a goal that seemed physically impossible. Over the
course of a year, I filmed myself with my smartphone during training
sessions. In addition to that, Remco Wagenaar (director of photography)
and Ryan Paulis (sound) recorded part of my training, the Dutch Pole
Dancing Championship and the charming but confined atmosphere in the
dance school of my parents. I’ve recorded more though, such as my
therapy sessions where me and my therapist tried to figure out why I
wanted to excel in pole dancing rather than in another sport. Not only
that, I investigated much more with her, such as my desire to please
men, my constant failing when it comes to love affairs, and my hope
(whether or not in vain) to improve the relationship I have with my
parents. Part of the documentary is shot in Roosendaal, where I grew up
and where my parents still live and operate their dance school business.
With my parents we spoke about the way they raised me; it helped me
better understand who they are. I shared with them for the very first
time details of my rotten love life and other insecurities.
As the film progresses and I try to connect with my parents, my focus
shifts more and more to my mum. She is the most important person in my
life, yet she doesn’t feel close to me. We don’t always listen to each
other well enough, nor do we always understand each other. Realising
this, I feel I need to look for new ways to reconnect, know each other
better and also improve our understanding of each other.
Why do we need this film and why is your support needed? Your
financial contribution means that I can tell my story and that of many
others. I will give you an honest peek into my emotional backyard, where
vulnerability, pleasure, inconveniences, ambitions, pain and happiness
are all felt over the course of a relatively short amount of time or
even at once. These emotions sometimes don’t work together but more
often than not it’s the other way around, they are compatible to one
another. I find it very important to show that these emotions can all
coexist in one life, at the same time, in the life of one person.
more often people and creatives send out this message, the more it will
trickle down into people’s minds which should make it easier to
acknowledge their own problems and those of others.
In the film, I
take you with me on a personal quest to find a balance in my life as
well as on a journey past all the obstacles I met on my way to the Dutch
Pole Dancing Championship. Both processes (quite literally) involved
falling down mercilessly but usually also getting back onto my feet
again with a smile and full of pride.
What needs doing still? Everything’s been filmed
but without your support, I won’t be able to finish the documentary.
Editing still needs to happen and I’ve got two artists down to create
the soundtrack. They’ve given me a good deal but they want to be paid
nevertheless. After that, the post production process starts which
includes colour grading and audio post-processing.
And then?! Yes then it’ll be finished, yay!
project needs to be marketed and distributed as it would be great if it
finds its way to as many people as possible – it needs to be seen!
you’d love to sponsor the project. Well, you’re gonna get some percs in
return. Please have a browse through the rewards list. If you can’t
find anything to your liking, please do get in touch. I don’t mind
improvising a little. You’re doing something for me you hadn’t thought
of yesterday and I’m happy to do the same for you.
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