An autobiography in the form of a comic murder story. At the start of the film Von Praunheim is murdered, after which the television reporter Desiree Nick investigates the past and background of the victim. The unmotivated murder becomes even more mysterious when it turns out that the corpse has vanished. Apart from a bloodstain on the floor where the cineaste held his last speech, there is no trace. No trace of the culprit either. Von Praunheim has made films for 25 years and they have often been accompanied by scandal. He has also made a lot of enemies. Should the murderers be sought in the past of the film- maker? Was it a murder from love or jealousy? As always when it concerns the murder of a gay, the police looks for the killer in the gay community. Von Praunheim makes (or made, if you go along with the film’s story) crazy, personal and burlesque films set in the gay communities of Berlin and New York. In this latest film he has lined up his whole oeuvre in a humorous way, using his fiftieth birthday as an excuse (and with a wink at the centenary of film). Characteristic of his approach is that he does not take much notice of professional norms within film. He combines guts and nonchalance with a pleasant kind of amateurism and seldom works with professional actors. His films are filled with the most colourful types from the Schwulenszene, who play out their own creation in front of the camera. –IFFR
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.
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