In Der Bomberpilot, Schroeter displays a similar disrespect for historical ‘truth’ in his treatment of post Second World War Germany. In this film he tells the stories of three fictional women who had performed in Nazi revues during the war. Rather than attempting an ‘authentic’ recreation of historical post-war Germany, Schroeter uses these three figures to provide the viewer with a sense of the disorder, crisis and repression that beset the German population after the war and resulted, according to Margarete and Thomas Mitscherlich in a popular forgetfulness regarding the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. Schroeter does this by attributing to these women a kind of ‘false’ memory regarding the recent past and through the somewhat ‘faulty’ gestures they perform while recreating their revue show performance. The viewer is lead to question how these three somewhat clumsy individuals could possibly have conformed to the order, discipline and regularity that characterised the products of the Nazi culture industry, and we are by extension also asked to question ‘official’ versions of that history. —sensesofcinema
Werner Schroeter (born 7 April 1945, Georgenthal, Thuringia) is a German film director and screenwriter, considered one of the most important of his country in the post-war period. He has also worked in film as a producer, cinematographer, editor and actor. In the later function he appeared in several films directed by his friend Rainer Werner Fassbinder, including Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), and a number of theatre productions.
His 1980 film Palermo oder Wolfsburg, telling the story of a Sicilian guest worker in Germany, won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, while his 1991 production Malina was entered into that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
In the 1960s, Schroeter worked with Rosa von Praunheim, who is also gay. Schroeter has also worked as a theater and opera director, in Germany and elsewhere. In the late 1970s Schroeter met the Irish Artist Reginald Gray at a collection of Yves St.Laurent in Paris. Gray painted a portrait of Schroeter. —Wikipedia read more