Porgy & Me

Porgy & Me

Deutschland 2008, Dokumentarfilm

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In the (white) world of opera, George Gershwin’s alternately celebrated and controversial opera "Porgy and Bess" is one of the very few works that takes people of color as its subject. Susanna Boehm′s stirring documentary follows the cast of the New York Harlem Theatre on their European tour of Gershwins’ work. As the groupe travels from city to city, attracting stares from startled Austrians, the parallels between the opera and the real life experiences of individual singers are revealed in a series of deeply personal conversations.

Growing up poor, with drugs and violence a common experience, the ambition to become an opera singer seemed an impossible dream for many cast members. A sentiment voiced by many is that black singers have to be twice as good as white singers. Terry Lee Cook has been performing "Porgy" for ten years. But in the black community, the common perception is that "Porgy and Bess" is a graveyard for singers of color.

Despite the attendant complexities, the music overwhelms. Embedded throughout the film are show-stoppers such as "It Ain′t Necessarily So" and "Summer Time".

As timeless as anything penned by Verdi or Puccini, "Porgy and Bess" is a quintessentially American masterpiece that captures "the passionate battle of African-American artists for recognition, self-realization and equality" in glorious song.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Director:Susanna Boehm
Co-Director:Julia Gechter
Screenplay:Susanna Boehm (Konzept)
Director of photography:Philipp Tornau
Assistant camera:Jens Wanzeck
2nd Camera unit:Martin Baer
Editing:George Cragg
Sound:Andreas Prescher
Sound assistant:Guido Oberkirch
Music:DuBose Heyward, Peter Hecker (Konzertaufnahmen), Gunter Papperitz (Filmmusik), Bela Brauckmann (Filmmusik), George Gershwin ("Porgy & Bess"), Ira Gershwin ("Porgy & Bess")
Production company:Boomtown Media GmbH & Co. KG (Berlin)
in association with:Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) (Hamburg), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Thomas Grube, Andrea Thilo, Uwe Dierks, Philipp Barnett (Creative Producer)
Line producer:Marc Wächter
Original distributor:Piffl Medien GmbH (Berlin)
Current distributor:Boomtown Media GmbH & Co. KG (Berlin)
Funding:Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam)
Length:86 min
Format:HD/35mm, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 09.10.2009, 120039, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (GB): 09.2009, Cambridge, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 28.01.2010

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Porgy & Me
Weiterer Titel (DE) The long Pull
Arbeitstitel (DE) Der lange Atem
Schreibvariante (DE) Porgy and Me

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Original

Length:86 min
Format:HD/35mm, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 09.10.2009, 120039, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (GB): 09.2009, Cambridge, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 28.01.2010
 

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