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Oberhausener Manifesto

[I couldn’t find an English translation of the Oberhausener Manifesto anywhere, so I asked my fren Manja do it for me. Enjoy, Internet. —Nick]

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The decline of conventional German cinema has taken away the economic incentive that imposed a method that, to us, goes against the ideology of film. A new style of film gets the chance to come alive.


Short movies by young German screenwriters, directors, and producers have achieved a number of international festival awards in the last few years and have earned respect from the international critics.


Their accomplishment and success has shown that the future of German films are in the hands of people who speak a new language of film. In Germany, as already in other countries, short film has become an educational and experimental field for feature films. We’re announcing our aspiration to create this new style of film.


Film needs to be more independent. Free from all usual conventions by the industry. Free from control of commercial partners. Free from the dictation of stakeholders.
We have detailed spiritual, structural, and economic ideas about the production of new German cinema. Together we’re willing to take any risk. Conventional film is dead. We believe in the new film.

Oberhausen, 28.2.1962

Signed by:

Bodo Blüthner
Boris von Borresholm
Christian Doermer
Bernhard Dörries
Heinz Furchner
Rob Houwer
Ferdinand Khittl
Alexander Kluge
Pitt Koch
Walter Krüttner
Dieter Lemmel
Hans Loeper
Ronald Martini
Hansjürgen Pohland
Raimund Ruehl
Edgar Reitz
Peter Schamoni
Detten Schleiermacher
Fritz Schwennicke
Haro Senft
Franz-Josef Spieker
Hans Rolf Strobel
Heinz Tichawsky
Wolfgang Urchs
Herbert Vesely
Wolf Wirth

(Translated by Manja Paschek)

Monday 1/9/2012

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