Generation Beat-Club

Documentary | 45 min | DE 2015 | OV

There once was a TV show that can really be said to have changed the Federal Republic. When this very first show for a young audience was introduced on German television 50 years ago, the announcer asked parents to be »understanding.« But parents were not OK – neither with the »shaggy hair« of the musicians, nor with the psychedelic imagery, and most certainly not with the tight mini-skirts of the female presenter. Nevertheless, more than half of all teenagers and twenty-somethings regularly tuned in to watch »their« Beat-Club. This audience included e.g. Wolfgang Niedecken, who sacrificed the rare occasions when he was allowed to leave his Catholic boarding school to watch it, or Evelyn Frisinger, who brought the first mini-skirts from London to Germany, or Christian Kunert, then a member of Leipzig’s Thomanerchor, whose later music voiced opposition to the East German regime. The film describes the cultural quantum leap of these years, which are notable for outstanding live performances by artists like The Who, The Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Kraftwerk, and for the sassy pre-recorded Beat-Club clips with a no-holds-barred perspective on the Sixties.

In Kooperation mit Lichtblick Film

Director
Michael Meert, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Script
Michael Meert, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Producer
Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Photography
Leif Karpe
Editors
Rolf Mertler, Yana Höhnerbach
Sound
Felix Heibges

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Radio Bremen
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1028195 Bremen

Selected filmography Carl-Ludwig Rettinger

DECKNAME STRACK (1996), ABNEHMEN IN ESSEN (2001), DIE GENTLEMEN BITTEN ZUR KASSE (2013)