The eight-part and 400-minute documentary series War of the Dreams by Jan Peter and Gunnar Dedio tells the story of the time between the two world wars.
The international production dispenses with contemporary witnesses and historians and unfolds its history on the basis of 13 different individual fates.
At the center is the question of whether the world was eagerly listening to the downfall – or whether everything else would have been possible.
History is on TV too often and too often presented as a contemporary witness TV. A black-and-white or otherwise washed-out sequence, weeping music, then – spoken from the present – the comment taken in the studio by someone who "knows" because he was there at the time. The rubble woman. Hitler's telephone operator. The co-pilot of the kidnapped Lufthansa aircraft "Landshut". A resident of the Olympic village at the terror games of Munich 1972. If the events are longer or even much longer back, clarifies instead of witnesses a historian about the course of things, or turns an elephant expert his knowledge of elephants of the present on elephants of the past and describes how Hannibal got the sensitive animals across the Alps.
The story of documentary television is explained, which makes it easy to consume, and as you look at the first part of the docudramas War of Dreams, you realize how much you got used to pre-cautioned explanatory television. Because here everything is suddenly different, no contemporary witness and no scientist speaks, there is not even the voice from the off. The viewer has to create order, he encounters a television that demands.
Everything rushed to the Nazi era? The series shows: It could have been different
Because, in order to stay in the elephant picture: The eight-part and 400-minute documentary series War of the Dreams of Jan Peter and Gunnar Dedio over the time between the two world wars is, in terms of aspiration and effort, a mammoth project. Over thirty broadcasters and funding agencies are involved in this international co-production commissioned by ARD and Arte. The series is shown in 15 countries, in Europe but also in Canada.
The comparatively poorly lit phase is told between the years 1918 and 1939. Old orders were destroyed, leftists and anarchists were at work in Europe, pacifists and democrats, old monarchists and new nudists and cold warriors, but the toughest were the fascists. At the end of September, the first big and acclaimed serial narrative, Babylon Berlin, is about the shimmering, intoxicated phase in the twenties, this maximum excitement just before the abyss. War of dreams is much more than a complementary program.
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In a montage of game scenes, documentary sequences and quotations, a time is awakened in which not only the Nazis emerged more and more threateningly from the scenes. So yes, with the knowledge of today, this phase is often described – everything rushes like a pull on the Nazi rule, the downfall. There were plenty of philanthropic approaches enough, everything could have been different; the better world was always visible. For example, the story of Elise Ottesen, Swedish sex educator in a time well before the sexual enlightenment.
The author Volker Weidermann told a year ago in his beautiful book "Dreamer" of the short rule of the poets in Munich – who has read it, will also find their way in this television experiment. Thirteen biographies are reconstructed and told side by side in the War of Dreams, based on the true notes and diaries of these people. Everyone stands for one of the many currents.
The production is also an offer to the audience to go deeper into the topic
For example, Hans Beimler, marine, at the time of the dreamers in Munich, later Communist member of parliament, imprisoned in Dachau, escaped from Dachau. For example, Rudolf Höss, later camp commander in Auschwitz, here still rapport leader in the Dachau concentration camp, a beast in Werden. For example, Pola Negri, a star of silent film in Hollywood. But when the talkies became popular, she was no longer booked, her accent was too strong, technical progress was her personal step backwards. For example, Unity Mitford, one of six daughters of Baron David Bertram Ogilvy Freeman-Mitford, a young anti-Semitic and Hitlerian trainer from London, who was early on in Hitler's way of life ("The Fuhrer is a vegetarian!") And finally in Munich, Osteria Bavaria, after all, so impressed that he took her from then on with travel. Hitler's people called her "Unity Mitfahrt" because of that.
The documentary series reflects on life, the lives of people condense into stories. But to interpret the story completely and to explain it in a way that is know-it-all – this TV-like assumption resists the project. Image sheets are fanned out, chains of associations are formed, people's lives are shown as they happen. Surely one can feel overwhelmed here and there when the quotes and scenes from the scenes are finally summoned to the plot by contemporaries, sometimes somewhat theatrically, sometimes accompanied by extremely sensitive pianos. But every quote tells its own story.
Auction Report of a Bank: "The organized by the SA popular anger, it was possible to take over the department store group Tietz completely at a preferential price.The former owner has left the kingdom."
A lawsuit by half-orphan George Vitcoq: "My father went to war without saying goodbye, I was five, and he volunteered, and I never forgave him for that."
Assessment of the citizen Martin Hauser: "There is no right or help anywhere." The police are National Socialist and are everywhere supplemented by auxiliary police from the ranks of the SA. "
In the end, this production, with all the multimedia side noise, is also an offer to viewers to go deeper into the subject. For each biography, for every stoner there is something to read, on the net or in real antiquarian bookshops. By Martin Hauser, for example, the "Diaries of a German Jew". And so this kind of television makes an important contribution to countering the erosion of the irritating present. It does not just stop. It trains, and it invites to further education.
War of Dreams, Arte, until Thursday, 8:15 pm, as well as in the first, 17th, 18th, and 24th 9th, 10:45 pm.
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