Documentaries

Romy - Portrait eines Gesichts (OmeU)

Romy - Anatomy of a Face
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
BRD 1966
61min
V'17

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)

With IT WAS STILL HER FACE.

Credits
  • 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
DCP
bw
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