Monday, 5/29/2017

Open Air: Loud and Famous

Legendary Concert Films for Free at the Fest

Cry Baby: Janis Joplin in the Gasteig

Under the motto "Loud and Famous", the Open Air sidebar will screen classic concert films this year – enjoy the big-screen experience of these larger-than-life stage performances in the age of online streaming and virtual concert halls!

Two of the films were helmed by this year's retrospective guest of honor, Reinhard Hauff, who got his start working on TV show formats: JANIS JOPLIN performed with her freshly assembled Kozmic Blues Band in Frankfurt in 1969. The Euro tour was to be a trial run for the combo before braving their US debut, yielding a concert doc that breathes the wild abandon of the Sixties. Shot in the same year, the WILSON PICKETT SHOW captures the raw emotion of the legendary R&B artist  ("Mustang Sally"), while Ray Manzarek's monumental THE DOORS: LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL '68 will turn the coutryard of Munich's Philharmonic into a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The late Jonathan Demme shared a long friendship with the Munich festival and the city. His last visit to the fest was to screen NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD 2006, now reprised in the Open Air, along with Demme's legendary 1984 tour de force STOP MAKING SENSE, which also screened in Munich, when singer David Byrne and multi-talented musician Brian Eno rocked the Gloria Palast live in between screenings with their pivotal New Wave band Talking Heads – with dancing fans spilling out of the theater into Stachus square.

The Open Air will feature a number of dearly departed geniuses alongside Demme, such as Austria's late great top pop star in FALCO DONAUINSEL LIVE, the legendary performance of the "Rock Me Amadeus" singer and composer 1993 before 100,000 fans in the pouring rain – which the Open Air audience will hopefully be spared. Summer flair is guaranteed in BOB MARLEY – LIVE! AT THE RAINBOW, a 1977 show by the creator of "I Shot the Sheriff" and  "Get Up, Stand Up" at London's legendary Rainbow Theater.

Another focus of the Open Air films are 1960s and 70s rock, glam and trash films which justly deserve the "Loud and Famous" moniker, such as Martin Scorseses famed THE BAND – THE LAST WALTZ filmed Thanksgiving 1976, still recognized as one of the best concert films ever. And legendary "Starman" David Bowie is immortalized in ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS, with a nod to his Berlin partner in crime Iggy Pop, who will also be featured in the festival program.