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Bernd Eichinger (1949–2011) was Germany’s most important film producer in recent decades. Fulfilling diverse functions, he oversaw and accepted responsibility for more than 100 film and television productions. His name is linked to the Munich distribution company “Constantin Film” where he took an active role until 2006. Initially under the name “Neue Constantin,” he led the company to major successes, building one upon the other since the 1980s.
What does a film producer do? He bears financial responsibility for a film project from beginning to end: from the development of its subject through its international marketing. He is the “driving force” behind every film production, and must know all its steps and consider any risks involved. The film producer Bernd Eichinger, who studied at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), embodied this role as a creative authority with all his passion; like no other. Eichinger made films for a “wide audience” beginning with his involvement with “Constantin”, although his productions often raised controversy among German critics. Within the international film business Eichinger enjoyed great recognition.
Acquired by the Deutsche Kinemathek in 2012, the “Bernd Eichinger Collection” was being presented to the public in this exhibition for the first time. It approached Eichinger’s biography and his work from various perspectives: A chronological table combined important events from his professional, private and public lives with objects, photographs and film clips. The sections of the exhibition entitled “Heroes,” “Germany,” “America” and “Outsiders” were concerned with themes in Bernd Eichinger’s life, which were reflected in his films and projects. A media installation at the end of the exhibition made up of three large-scale, choreographed projections offered insights into Bernd Eichinger’s thought processes and his rare creative potential.
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