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Peter Radtke’s Movie Pick

Peter Radtke is above all a man of the theatre. So it’s interesting that his FMOAT is a film that features all sorts of theatricality and role-playing: Federico Fellini’s La Strada (1954). It’s a movie that is well worth revisiting.

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January 17, 2014

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Peter Radtke and the stage

Or: I have no Heimat
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Perhaps it’s because his father was an actor? His father, who it seems never fully accepted him as what he is. Perhaps he wanted to show his father that there need be no limits to what he could achieve. Whatever the initial motivation, there’s no doubting Peter Radtke’s huge passion for acting, and his huge prowess as an actor. His achievements are all the more remarkable, given that he was born with brittle bone disease. Peter Radtke, who has had a remarkable life outside the theater too, is my latest guest on Talking Germany.

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January 17, 2014

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Mother and son, with Christian Berkel

Should grown men cry?

If you want to know whether and when grown men should cry, who better to ask? He does, after all, have a reputation for, as one Internet site puts it, “portrayals of aggressive, ominous figures, an ability accentuated by his bald head and gaunt, slightly menacing countenance.” And, it continues: “These qualities have made him particularly effective in portrayals of military personnel, Gestapo officers, and other similar figures.” We’re talking about the excellent German film and TV actor Christian Berkel – my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

July 1, 2013

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Mario Adorf – a presence in German movies over the decades

Times change, but some things stay the same

He might be over eighty, but he remains a man of remarkable physicality. We quickly find ourselves talking about sport. I ask him how tall he is and remind him that he once used to be a football goalkeeper. “Well,” he says, “I’m one meter seventy-eight.” Which is only just over 5’8’’. Average for his generation. “But,” he adds, “I wasn’t a very good goalkeeper. That’s why I gave it up and took up boxing.” That’s more like it, I think, because height is not the thing. It’s more muscle mass. And sheer physical presence. The man I’m talking about is Mario Adorf. One of the greats of German movies – and my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

March 1, 2013

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Reiner Schöne’s memories of floods, flames and dirty tricks

The wrong place at the wrong time

I was brought up to think of them as heroes. Those brave members of Britain’s Royal Air Force who, in May 1943, launched audacious air raids on three dams in north-western Germany. One of them breached the Eder valley dam – the biggest in Europe. The airmen who risked, and lost, their lives in the operation became known as the Dam Busters. I had, I must admit, never given much thought to their victims. Until, that is, I got speaking to Reiner Schöne – the actor, singer and songwriter who’s my latest guest on Talking Germany. He was born in the small town of Fritzlar, which was swamped in the Eder valley deluge: “I was a small baby. But they tell me you could clearly see the watermark half way up our wardrobe.”

Date

September 9, 2012

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