Ich Bin, Gott Sei Dank, Beim Film! (2003)

Run Time - 79 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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Prolific German film actress and assistant director Eva Ebner's life is recalled in candid detail with the direction of filmmaker and longtime friend Lothar Lambert -- who has worked with Ebner on several of his own feature films -- in the 2003 biographical documentary Ich Bin, Gott Sei Dank, Beim Film! (Thank God I'm in the Film Business!). Born in Gdansk, Poland, and a survivor of World War II, Ebner recalls her early experiences, including her assertion that she was gang-raped by Russian soldiers at the end of the war. Establishing herself in Berlin, Germany, in the 1950s, Ebner quickly became a mainstay of crime films based on adaptations of Edgar Wallace novels, as well as a number of German Westerns. Her love of film also led to her involvement in scores of student films over the years, as well as taking on behind-the-scene responsibilities as an assistant director. Running concurrently with her personal historical anecdotes are scenes from some of the films she made with Lambert. Thank God I'm in the Film Business! was selected for inclusion into the Panorama program of the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.