Wolfgang Menge (1924-2012) was one of post-war Germany’s greatest screenwriters. Television plays such as DIE DUBROW-KRISE, DAS MILLIONENSPIEL or SMOG made TV history, series like STAHLNETZ, EIN HERZ UND EINE SEELE or MOTZKI left an audience of millions stoked, riled up, or both. Compiling critical analyses, personal accounts by Menge’s contemporaries, and documentary texts, DER TELEVISIONÄR. WOLFGANG MENGES TRANSMEDIALES WERK now provides the first comprehensive study of his oeuvre, edited by Gundolf S. Freyermuth and Lisa Gotto.
The book presentation starts with a world premiere: A lecture of the first episode of SCHALOM, Wolfgang Menge’s final sitcom that was never made.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Menge’s television debut, the event is followed by a screening of the made-for-television movie VIER GEGEN DIE BANK (Germany 1976, written by Wolfgang Menge and directed by Wolfgang Petersen). A remake of this film will be in cinemas later this year.