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Volker Schlöndorff. Death of a Salesman. 2011

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Published on Nov 12, 2011

http://www.egs.edu/ Volker Schlöndorff, German filmmaker,lecturing on his film Death of a Salesman (1985). In this lecture Volker Schlöndorff discusses Arthur Miller, American culture, consumerism, values, generational conflict, tragedy, the end of idealism and the dissolution of the American dream. Wolker Schlondorff also discusses the stage design and the use of music in film, as well as the overall process of making the film. At the end of the lecture, the filmmaker answers a number of students`questions. EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011 Volker Schlondorff.

Volker Schlondorff (b. 1939) is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. Along with Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, he is considered a part of the New German Cinema, of the late 1960`s and early 70`s. Schlondorff`s films are, however, singular within this group, in part because of his style, but also in virtue of his choice of material. The majority of Schlondorff`s films are adaptations of literary works, including those of Marcel Proust, Heinrich von Kleist, Gunter Grass, Arthur Miller, Max Frisch, and others. Schlondorff has also focused on WWII, its build-up and consequences, and on the communist insurrections of the 1960`s and 70`s, especially in The Lost Honour of Katarina Blum (1975), Germany in Autumn (1978) and The Legend of Rita (2000).

In 1979 Tin Drum was awarded the Palme d`Or, and the Oscar for best Foreign Film. The year before, Schlondorff shared the Special recognition Award from the Berlin Film Festival. In 2002, Schlondorff received La Legion d`Honneur, and in 2004, an Honorary Award, at the Bavarian Film Awards. In 2009, he was presented with the Carl Zucker Medal. Also in 2009, Schlondorff accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Camrimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography. With Peter Flieschmann, in 1969, Schlondorff founded a production company, called Halleluyah Film. In 1973, he co-founded Bishop Film, which is still in existence today. Since 1992, Schlondorff has acted as the chief executive of Studio Babelsberg, in Germany, which is the oldest large-scale movie studio in the world.

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