Locarno Fest Dedicates Retro To Early Postwar German Cinema
Art and Experience: The Locarno Film Festival will put early postwar West German cinema in the spotlight with a retrospective on this obscure period in film history organised in tandem with the Deutsches Filminstitut.
Curated by critics Olaf Moller and Roberto Turigliatto the well-researched retro, titled “Beloved and Rejected,” will focus on German filmmaking from the aftermath of World War II through the mid sixties when, despite having achieved great popularity, it was rapidly cast aside by the arrival of the so-called New German Cinema.
The selection will include films from distinguished directors, including Fritz Lang and Robert Siodmak, who returned to their homeland to make the final films of their careers, and lesser-known local genre directors as Geza von Radvanyi, Harald Braun and Peter Pewas. It will even comprise foreign directors who spent some time in Germany and be rounded out with several works exploring often marginalised genres such as animation, documentary, and avant-garde and experimental cinema.
“Even though I grew up with the cinematic ‘new waves’ and appreciated the breath of fresh air and innovation they brought, I think this would be an opportune moment to turn and take a look, free of facile prejudice, at the cinema of the ’50s, and consider its true worth,” said Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a statement. “West German cinema, to which we are devoting this cinematic journey, is a prime example of an art too promptly rejected as being a purely commercial product.”
The “Beloved and Rejected retro” is also scheduled to segue from Locarno in to New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center and the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 2017.
The 69th edition of the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema will run Aug. 3-13 next year.