Daniel comes to Berlin, where he experiences both love and disappointment . He works in a gay cafe, follows the current fashion and the hasty trends of the urban gay community. After some time, he discovers the exotic enchantment of parks and toilets, where gays meet. He meets Paul, whose roommates are showing him that he lives a shallow life. Being an emancipated gay, his task is to come out and stop paying attention to consumerism and sex only. Praunheim´s attack are aimed not only against social repression but also against his own ranks. One of the most important movies of German cinema with the subject of homosexuality.
Rosa von Praunheim, born November 25, 1942, in Riga, during the German occupation under his real name Holger Radtke, grew up with his adoptive parents in East Berlin under the name Holger Bernhard Bruno Mischwitzky. After the escape to West Germany in 1953, the family lived at first in the Rhineland and eventually settled in Frankfurt am Main. In Frankfurt, von Praunheim attended a classical language high school but left already after finishing secondary school level. He started to study painting at Offenbach’s Werkkunstschule (today: Hochschule für Gestaltung – HfG). One year later, he transferred to Berlin’s Hochschule für Bildende Künste but did not graduate any of his studies. At this time, during the 1960s, he assumed his stage name Rosa von Praunheim, as reminiscence to his Frankfurt quarter Praunheim and to the “Rosa Winkel” (pink triangle) – the symbol, homosexuals had to wear in the concentration camps during the Third Reich.
In 1967, Rosa von Praunheim made his movie… read more