Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

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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.

tags: Documentary, Essay, History, Society, Surreal

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