Teddy Baer (1983)

Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland  |  
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Director and also lead actor Rolf Lyssy has created a comic treatment of a serious subject without detracting from the truth or from the subject itself -- which is the difficulty in getting financed for worthy film projects. The fictional director Teddy Baer wins an Oscar for "Best Foreign Film," only to find that while everyone is more than happy to exploit his newfound fame, no one is willing to back his next film-project, period. After hitting a brick wall enough times, Baer cracks up himself and enters a psychiatric clinic for treatment. When he gets out of the clinic, he decides to make a new film about a director who has just won an Oscar and cannot get funding.

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director, finances, mental-illness