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Jaimey Fisher

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037986

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037986.001.0001

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Interview with Christian Petzold

Interview with Christian Petzold

(p.147) Interview with Christian Petzold
Christian Petzold

Jaimey Fisher

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents an interview with Christian Petzold, which mainly took place in July 2011, with a shorter followup in October 2012, at Petzold's office in Berlin. Topics covered include where Petzold grew up; the first film he can remember seeing in a movie theater; the atmosphere in Berlin when he arrived to study literature; his decision to transfer to the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin; his collaborations Harun Farocki; how he finds Farocki's nonfiction films; the impression left by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the reunification of Germany in 1990; and the influence of genre films such as Detour on Cuba Libre, Near Dark on The State I Am In, and Driver on Wolfsburg on his own films.

Keywords:   Christian Petzold, interviews, German film directors, filmmakers, filmmaking, Harun Farocki

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