tv Kino - Special Wolfgang Petersen Deutsche Welle December 23, 2017 11:15pm-11:30pm CET
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football made in germany. to move climate change. sustainability. environmental projects we give globalization the face biodiversity species conservation exploitation equality. human rights displacement to. the global to local action. global three thousand. cases. hi welcome to aquino special on german director wolfgang pedrosa he made movie history with his anti war film dust boat before heading to hollywood to direct
blockbusters like air force one outbreak or the perfect storm pearson is a master of big budget action but his movies always wrestle with the real issues of our time. what's gone pitocin started his career directing crime thrillers he focused on topics such as hit and run accidents blackmail and rate more than twenty five million viewers watched his one nine hundred seventy seven t.v. movie heifetz likeness about a sexual relationship between a teacher and pupil. four years later came the feature film that attracted the attention of hollywood just bought it was nominated for six oscars and although it didn't win any it did open plenty of doors for paid as. the german director began working with some of us cinemas biggest stars he made the action film air force one starring harrison ford.
and the perfect storm with george clooney and the historical epic troy with brad pitt. but then his disaster movie poseidon ran aground at the box office capsizing pater's and career. it took ten years for the director now seventy five years old to make another film and this time he's returned to germany revisiting his own comedy few bank from one nine hundred seventy six to twenty sixteen remake feature some of the country's biggest stars the plot involves four men taking revenge on a bank manager who has swindled them out of their savings which. is for. ok. yes i'm here now with wolfgang petersen thank you for coming to quito. i've
interviewed a number of directors and it often is the case that directors seem to have a very key film that they saw me when they were a child that huge influence on them and changed somehow the way they look at movies and the way they look at life and wanting if you have that experience i mean it was a film maybe in your childhood that a particular influence on you yes it was there was one first of all i went when i was a child like ten twelve years old in the early fifty's in germany when all these american films came to germany after the war and i was a mess more eyes by american films i saw so many and my specialty was western of course and my guy in my film was gary cooper gary cooper and. i known. terrorist rick in town left him to face for killing i was impressed as a little boy to see that a man. who is afraid. and is about to walk away when these three guys come out of jail to go and go after him and kill him that he
turns around and does it anyway remember. always i saw the little sweat on his forehead when he was walking alone through the streets and i was impressed by that i thought that as a true hero a man who is afraid but he does it anyway what is it about that that type of hero that fascinates you yeah well i like it's he i think i like about it's human it's not like a cartoon hero it's a human being and that tells us human beings like you and me or a twelve year old boy can some learn something about. you can be very heroic and good if you overcome your fear and in films like in the line of fire for example with clint eastwood you see it very clearly it is what it is is you know similarly kind of nervous and sort of afraid of this markovitch guy and what might happen to
him but he does it anyway he goes after him. thank you. was the first degree moral imperative behind the sort of questions that you like well yeah i mean. there has very much to do with the situation in germany after the war we learnt at school for example we didn't really learn about the past about the nazi time and so they always avoided my parents our parents their memories you talked about that it was always this kind of don't look back in germany around the time it was all unclear and not explain not that there was no moral there there was not an old understanding why and things have them in these films there was a clarity about it especially in westerns about what is good and what is bad and what do you have to fight it's very clear moral compasses you can take out of these
films and you magically is with you've also worked with young a whole list of the biggest stars in hollywood george clooney brad pitt harrison ford who surprised you the most of the of the the various stars you work with and you'd find something about them that was more surprising. i've was very surprised about the insecurity of dustin hoffman what i was surprised about is that he is very much more like coming more like like like a stage actor he had always problems with very simple things like turning around and having a special look over your shoulder and you know the typical movie star movements and he had he was very insecure about it so you know with dustin of the big dust it off my very often had to really take years ahead and still does that look i do it for you and i couldn't believe that here i am acting a thing for destiny hofmann to show him how to do it it was kind of embarrassed to
do it but what but but he like that when you look back of your quite lustrous hollywood career what are you most proud of and what are you most i don't know embarrassed or disappointed by or there's not so much disappointing things i mean i am very proud of that i did a movie that i could do and i quote do it on a big scale that was perfect storm that was a concept that was very very tough to get through the movie too it was a studio system because it was expensive because it was the biggest storm ever shown right and the story i mean six guys on the andrea gail bolt who at the end as we all know die and i know we got a lot of calls from people who were saying what don't don't be crazy i'm at this cannot work this is a summer movie this is a big one hundred fifty million dollars movie and they all die in the end i knots and so i said well that's the story it's a true story and we either do it or we do it the way it was we can to change them.
i'm proud of that because it it worked we were right people went to come see it and it was good. the other thing what i would say is what i should probably not of dharma is poseidon the from putting. i was at that time in a honest on a on a roll you cannot believe it unless it was amazing in the line of fire outbreak. air force one perfect storm troy all these films in a row of let's say in ten years where very successful is you know and one was more successful than the one before so they say what i can do anything i mean one of us let's do this let's put sign you're given all the money that's will be fine again it didn't it wasn't i should not have done that i think because it just doesn't work like that it's at some point you fall and. so now
you know. you're the first to know i was. well i mean your new film is for against against the bank it's your first film shot here in germany and in thirty years the first film in germany in thirty years how did that happen had to happen that you came back here to do a film i always wanted to do a comedy write my wife for example we said you have to do a comedy often because she thought i had a sense of humor right my wife said you know what about for against the bank the t.v. film that you did in one nine hundred seventy six was very successful wouldn't that be a great movie and i said wow that's a good idea. but my mom. i think makes so much fun and it's sort of the if the comedy is something where everybody can relate to everybody has some kind of quarrel and problem and some. issues with banks. was.
so strong when you ask why can't you go people are talking about. the movie that made you made you famous do you think it still is your most important port in film that you've made or your family i mean. definitely so many directors have their one film where when they know where they know it's the one it's the one that changed everything for you and. the one people will talk forever about it so i'm lucky enough that i hear that film what was it about us but do you think. many reasons first of all i think for the world to be forced to relate to all or even defy with not scenes in the submarine in the beginning when the film was screened first in los angeles and it says on the very beginning it says forty from forty thousand german submarines thirty thousand died was a big supply big applause and we all thought oh my god this is not going well at
the end. of the film after two and a half hours right. they all clapped and there was a standing ovation there for ever so the film turned this hostile audience around and that and that is i think a quality of the film to show that war is war if you like it's the same young people die. and and then specially i think the focus you you will then brought on these characters inside the captain and all these people what brought them into close together the friendship that they would die for each other it's a good lesson even in the worst most horrible situations something beautiful human can happen i think that touches people when they see the film and that goes way beyond being germans americans english whatever that's what i guess that's what's
sort of what cinema can really do well thank you so much for taking time to talk to us whether that was our special with welcome peterson for more on his new film and his entire body of work you can check out our website that's all for me will be back next week until then i'll see the movie. and. the man. at the white. house. get. your max highlights. the. best. we can just never get enough. dry stuff.
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