Deutschland / USA / Schweiz 1997-2001, Dokumentarfilm


The US air force deployed its B-52 bombers in Vietnam, the first Gulf war, in Afghanistan and in the Kosovo. In his documentary, Hartmut Bitomsky follows the historical traces of this machine, which for many people became a symbol of power and destruction. Hundreds of derelict B-52 planes lie in the Arizona desert, steel giants stripped of all their usable parts, conserved by the dry heat and waiting for their demolition – or a new mission.
The film recounts the history of the B-52 model and its use in the numerous war campaigns, while admirers, opponents and victims alike voice their views. Like the machine itself, its surrounding myth is deconstructed in the course of the film. Bitomsky reveals the inherent dichotomy the plane, which is a testament to technical inventiveness and innovation, yet yields only destruction.


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All Credits

Director:Hartmut Bitomsky
Assistant director:Rebecca Baron, Mike Jarmon
Screenplay:Hartmut Bitomsky (Konzept)
Story:Ben Nicholson
Commentary:Hartmut Bitomsky
Director of photography:Volker Langhoff
Assistant camera:Chris N. Laine, Bernd Wolk
2nd Camera unit:Hugo Kroiss
Animation camera:Larry Fagan (Titel-Kamera)
Camera (other):David Hays (Video), Rebecca Baron (Videografie), Bill Petty (Split Screen)
Title:Theo Bromin
Editing:Theo Bromin
Sound editor:Craig Smith, Erin Scott (Assistenz)
Editing (other):Lisa Schoenberg (Avid-Schnitt)
Sound:James R. Benning, Craig Smith
Sound assistant:Gerhard Metz, Nathan Crow
Miscellaneous (other):Casey Brown (Mitarbeit), Erin Scott (Technische Assistenz)
Participation:Ben Nicholson
Voice:Hartmut Bitomsky
Production company:Big Sky Film Bitomsky & Schwinges (Hamburg), Co-Film (Los Angeles)
in co-production with:Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG (Zürich), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)/Arte (Köln), Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) (Berlin), Schweizer Fernsehen für die deutsche und rätoromanische Schweiz (SF DRS) (Zürich)
Producer:Hartmut Bitomsky, Viktor Schwarz
Co-Producer:Susa Katz, Werner Schweizer
Producer (TV):Sabine Rollberg, Paul Riniker, Jürgen Tomm, Werner Dütsch
Line producer:Viktor Schwarz
Unit production manager:Akym St. Humbrotti
Location manager:Sebastian Schmidt
Production assistant:Mike Jarmon
Shoot:1997-2000: USA (Minot, Omaha, Sleepy Hollow, Goldsboro, Albuquerque, South Bend, Dayton, Tucson, Chicago,
Original distributor:Basis-Film Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Rockefeller Foundation
Length:109 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Ton
Screening:TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 14.04.2003, Arte


Originaltitel (DE US CH) B-52



Length:109 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Ton
Screening:TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 14.04.2003, Arte