Edgar Reitz was born on the 1st of November 1932 in Morbach, a small town in the German Hunsrück Mountains. There his father Robert owned a small clockmakers shop, and his grandfather Johann Reitz worked as a Blacksmith in Morbach-Hundheim. Edgar Reitz has two younger siblings. His sister Heli, and his brother Guido who assumed his fathers trade and took over the Clock Shop.
During the time he attended school in Simmern, Reitz had already started acting and stage-managing in a theater subsidized by his German teacher Karl Windhäuser. After earning his Abitur (a diploma required to qualify for university entrance in Germany), he moved in 1952, motivated by Windhäuser, to Munich to study German language, literature, journalism, dramatics, and art history. During this time he was already sporadically publishing poems and narrations, and was a co-editor of a literary journal. He was fully engaged with the avant-garde of music, arts, literature and film, and in 1953 he was one of… read more
One of the peaks of European Cinema. I can't deny that I dreamed of making a picture about the 'homeland' myself. And - even in my dreams - I couldn't conceive anything so beautiful and moving. [P.S. - No wonder that Stanley Kubrick kept a screenshot from this film right on his desk]