tv Kino - Special Wolfgang Petersen Deutsche Welle December 25, 2017 6:02am-6:16am CET
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high 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. doesn't started his career directing crime thriller 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 pages and. the german director began working with some of us cinemas biggest star. he made the
action film air force one starring harrison ford. 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 peterson's 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 gagandeep bank from one nine hundred seventy six to twenty sixteen remake features 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. 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 change some of the way they look at movies and the way they look at life i wonder 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. 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 right and i was a mess more eyes by american films i saw so many and i had my specialty was west of course and my guy in my film was gary cooper gary cooper and. i know. terror stricken and left him to face 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 two to go and go after him and kill him but he turns around and does it anyway but. always i saw the little sweat on his forehead when he was walking alone through the street the streets and i was impressed by that so 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 yes well i like it's his i think i like about it's human it's not like a cartoon hero it's a human being and that's tells us human beings like you and me or a twelve year old boy can some learn something about you you can be very harrowing and good if you overcome your fear of being in films like your line of fire for example with clint eastwood you see it very clearly is what is is you know similarly kind of nervous and sort of afraid of this mark of your guy and what
might happen to him but he does it anyway he goes after him. i i was there is bigger moral imperative behind was one of questions that you like well yeah i mean. it 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 that nazi time and so they always avoided my parents our parents they never really talked about that it was always this kind of don't look back in germany around the time it was all come clear not explained not that there was no moral there there was no no understanding why and things happen 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 very clear moral compasses you can take out of these films you mentioned please we've also work with you a whole list of the biggest stars in hollywood george clooney brad pitt arison ford who surprised you the most of the of the the very stars you work with and you find something about them that was most 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 you know 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 he was very insecure about it so you know with dustin of the big dust that whole five very often had to really take years and still does that look i do it for you and i couldn't believe that here i am. acting
a thing for death and half and to show him how to do it it was kind of embarrassed to do it but 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 could do it on a big scale that was perfect storm that was a concept that was very very tough to get through the movie through the studio system because it was expensive because it was the biggest storm ever shown in the story i mean six guys on the andrea gail bald who at the end as we all know die and you know we got a lot of calls from people we're saying was drunk don't be crazy i'm in this cannot work this is a summer movie this is a big one hundred fifty million dollars movie and they all die in the nuts so i said well that's the story it's
a true story and we either do it or we do it the way and what we can to change that and 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 is poseidon the from presiding. i was at that time in a honest on a on a roll you're going to believe it and this was amazing in the line of fire break air force one perfect storm troy all these films in a row of let's say in ten years. were very successful as you know and one was more successful than the one before so they say welfare 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 or it didn't it wasn't i should not have done that i think because it just doesn't
work like that at some point you know if you fall and. so now you know. you're the first to know everybody. well i mean your new film is four against against the bank it's your first film shot here in germany 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 writer my wife for example always said you have to do a comedy often because she thought i had a sense of humor and i think 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. i think it makes so much fun if 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. i. want to have some good. stories when you ask why can't you go before talking about. the movie that made you made you famous do you think it still is your most important porton film that you've made or you from it 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 people will talk for ever about it so i'm lucky enough that their first film what was it about this book do you think. many reasons first of all i think for the world to be forced to relate to all or even with nazis 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 times was a big supply big applause and we offer all my god this is not going well at the end . of the film after two and a half hours. 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. everything it's the same young people. and and then specially i think the focus you we have them brought on these characters inside the captain and all these people 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 trueman's americans english whatever that's what i guess that's what's sort of what cinema can really do. and thank you so much for take the time to talk to us later that was special with wolfgang petersen 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 that. good. he tells us starring stories. it makes us laugh. and cry. and smile.
and emotions that. he. has seen every weekend on d w. how to cover more than just one reality. where i come from we have a transatlantic way of looking at things that's because my father is from germany my mother is from the united states of america and so i realized really early that it makes sense to explain different realities. and now here at the heart of the european union in brussels we have twenty eight different realities and so i think people are really looking forward and need journalists they can trust for them to make sense of this. is not how i work at the w.