Gedaechtnis (1983)

Genres - Theater  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Two well-known German actors, Curt Bois (1901-1991) and Bernhard Minetti (b. 1905) reminisce about their work on the stage in this charming documentary by directors Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander. Bois emigrated to the U.S. in 1933 but he found it difficult to obtain work in Hollywood or in New York and returned to Germany after the war. He met Charles Laughton, Bertolt Brecht, Buster Keaton, and other notables of stage and screen while he was in America. Minetti is shown at work in a rehearsal of "Faust" and at an empty, cavernous Olympic Stadium where he and friends think back to previous great soccer matches. Both Minetti and Bois contribute insights and information about their profession that only seasoned veterans like themselves can impart.