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    Subkultur Releasing Jet Generation

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    In the “Swinging Munich” of the late 1960s: young American Carroll Buchheim travels to fulfill her dying father’s last wish to find her brother who has disappeared. While there she falls into the fashion world and in love with a jaded photographer.

    FSK: 16 (uncensored) / release: 24.01.2020 / packaging: Digipak + slipcase / regional code: Frei / All Regions

    – WORLD PREMIERE with a brand new 4k transfer of the rediscovered original negative!
    – WORLD PREMIERE of a previously unpublished long version!
    – Limited editions of 500 pieces each
    – Uncensored version
    – BLU-RAY / DVD combo
    – A subculture entertainment production in the distribution of Media Target

    Germany 1968
    Directed by Eckhart Schmidt
    Cast: Dginn Moeller, Roger Fritz, Jürgen Draeger, Isi Ter Jung, Yella Bleyler, Uta Levka, Margot Trooger’
    Blu-Ray All Region
    DVD PAL All Region
    Technical specifications:
    Picture format: BD 1080p (23.976fps / AVC / 1.66: 1) – DVD (anamorphic)
    Sound track (s) / format (s): German, English DTS-HD MA Mono / Dolby Digital 1.0
    Subtitles: German, English

    Extras:
    – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with producer and leading actor Roger Fritz!
    – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with director Eckhart Schmidt!
    – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with artist and actor Jürgen Draeger!
    – German movie trailer
    – English movie trailer
    – Picture gallery
    – Extensive booklet on the long-term restoration of JET GENERATION
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    This movie is very perplexing, but beautiful. A gorgeous journalist flies from New York to Munich to track down her missing brother before their millionaire father dies. Her brother was friends with a caddish and egotistical fashion photographer. There exists one remaining possession of her brother: a 45 of a Beethoven tune. A clue? No. In fact this movie shows very little interest in its ostensible plot. If you want to find out what happened to the brother you have to watch the interview with the director included as an extra on the disc. There he generously lets the cat out of the bag. The film in fact plays like a documentary on hip 1960s Munich, with an emphasis on groovy threads and expensive camera gear. As for the characters, they are incessantly coming or going, saying a few words (or occasionally not).

    As noted, the interview with the director is helpful. He remarks that he is very interested in fashion, which explains a lot. He tells us the film was inspired by a line from Dante, which explains nothing. One of the female leads was his wife whom he married when she was 13. He claims that he originally considered Udo Kier and then Rainer Fassbinder for the male lead, with Marianne Faithful as the female lead! The band responsible for the soundtrack – which is not very good – later became Supertramp. Somehow after this film he was allowed to make 140 more and cranks out about ten a year to this day.

    The interview with the producer causes you to wonder how seriously Udo and Rainer were considered for the male lead, since the producer gave himself that role. He does note that he went to London to recruit Marianne Faithful, but Mick Jagger vetoed the idea. Nevertheless, he and Mick played Risk for 24 hours straight and ended up getting drunk and sleeping in the same bed. The woman they did get to play the lead was a model and not an actress. This will be no surprise to anyone who has seen the movie. He points out that she was pregnant at the time so they had to shoot her so it did not show. This is apparently why most of the dresses she wears in the film look like winter coats.

    The best interview is the one with the overwrought Jürgen Draeger, who is the only face in the movie I had seen before. In the film he is dressed in a way that forces you to think he’s gay, but he ends up with the woman played by the director’s wife, so that was a curve ball. He grew up in Berlin during World War II and they actually splice black and white “World at War”-type footage into his interview. He had a hard life. His stepfather tried to rape him and his wife threw herself off a building the day after their wedding. Nevertheless he became a successful actor and artist, although he remains very upset about everything. He doesn’t mention “Jet Generation.”

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    I watched this a few days ago. it's from the director of der fan (1982) but honestly it isn't nearly as good as der fan. I'd describe it as a german version of blow-up but without any mystery, depth or surreal scenes. the main guy who plays the photographer looks a lot like helmut berger and he is equally vicious in his behavior + the girls look hot (naturally, most of them are fashion models).
    I'm not sure I'd recommend it, but it's worth a look.

    here is the trailer:
    https://vimeo.com/258759633
    Last edited by killer must kill again; 03-17-2020 at 01:11 PM.

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