Romy - Portrait eines Gesichts (OmeU)

Romy - Anatomy of a Face
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
BRD 1966
61 min

Hans-Jürgen Syberberg offers an intimate view of Romy Schneider, revealing crucial conflicts behind the image of a public figure. The Austrian-born Schneider, then twenty-seven, had been an international star for more than a decade, largely thanks to such frothy costume dramas as Sissi. Filming Schneider during her skiing vacation at Kitzbühel, Syberberg catches her at a moment of crisis in her career, which she discusses with embittered and self-deprecating candor.
Bringing subtly bold methods to bear on the talking-head documentary, Syberberg detaches images of Schneider from her voice, showing clinically tight close-ups of her in the semipublic setting of a ski lift while hearing her speak in voice-over, and relying on double exposures to evoke her recollections of her adopted city of Paris ...
Syberberg was a key innovator of new cinematic modes that also created a new kind of performance, one that both offered actors a far more engaged form of artistic commitment and, paradoxically, went even further than the popular press in blurring the lines between acting and life. (Richard Brody)


  • Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
  • Klaus König
  • Kurt Lorenz
  • Michaela Berchtold
  • Barbara Mondry
  • Orson Welles
  • Romy Schneider
  • Jean Chapot
  • Gunther Kortwich
  • Michel Piccoli
  • Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Houwer-Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Edison Filmgesellschaft
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