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Peter Schamoni, 1934 - 2011

"The old film is dead. We believe in the new one." So reads one translation of the Oberhausen Manifesto, a crucial document in the eventual evolution of the New German Cinema of the 70s and early 80s. It was signed in 1962 by 26 young German filmmakers, and Peter Schamoni (site) was among them. He died this afternoon in Munich at the age of 77.

His adaptation of a novel by Günter Seuren, No Shooting Time for Foxes (1965), won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale and three German Film Awards. Besides narratives features, Schamoni made several documentaries on artists such as Max Ernst, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Niki de Saint-Phalle. As a producer, the most popular film he made is surely Zur Sache, Schätzchen (1968), which might be translated along the lines of Let's Get to It, Baby. Jürgen Fauth's one of this comedy's major champions and has written the synposis for the IMDb.

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“..Freedom from the control of special interest groups. We have concrete intellectual, formal, and economic conceptions about the production of the new German film. We are as a collective prepared to take economic risks”

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