On a talkshow, actor and German TV ikon Joachim Fuchsberger recalls how the games for his show "Nur nicht nervös werden" (Don't Get Nervous), first broadcast on West German TV in 1960, were developed along the lines of American psychiatry. Asked "So how many crazy people watched you?", he responded: "A whole crazy, psychologically disturbed nation". Why were the Germans or to be more precise, the West Germans, a psychologically disturbed nation at that time?
This is a film about cheerful and serious games, therapies for re-education and self-imposed re-education, as well as the history of the idea of permanent revolution. Those appearing include directors and producers of gameshows, psychiatrists, anthropologists, and the diversely paranoid.
PLEASE NOTE: This film will be screened in its original version with English subtitles. EXCEPTION: The screening on June 29, 7 PM, will be in its original version with German subtitles.
With: (Dokumentarfilm) Maggy Van Ostrand, Rick Prelinger, Bob Noah, Michael Brockman, Philip Zimbardo
Screenplay: Lutz Dammbeck
Director of Photography: Eberhard Geick, Börres Weiffenbach, Volker Tittel, Istvan Imreh
Film Editor: Margot Neubert-Maric
Composer: J.U. Lensing
Production Designer: Lutz Dammbeck
Sound: Björn Geldermann, Vinzent Muhsik
Producer: Lutz Dammbeck
Production Company: Lutz Dammbeck Filmproduktion
Co-Production Company: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), ARTE
Director: Lutz Dammbeck