There is a long standing tradition of cinematography in Germany
often interlinked with American film history.
Nazi Germany forced progressive director Billy Wilder to emigrate. In Hollywood he became a highly successful scriptwriter and director working with Marlene Dietrich, Jack Lemmon, Marylin Monroe and many others.
Most of Wim Wender's films are about the Americanisation of Germany. "Wings of Desire" ('Der Himmel über Berlin') portrays a haunted city. Later works like "Buena Vista Social Club" or "The Million Dollar Hotel" are much less specifically German.
Werner Herzog's repeated collaborations with talented actor and madman Klaus Kinski were infamous. "Aguirre, the wrath of God" and "Fitzcarraldo" are just two of their combined highlights.
In the late 1990s another headstrong 'Lola' haunts the streets
of Berlin: Tom Tykwer's film "Run Lola Run"
('Lola rennt') was a starting point for actress Franka
Potente. Most recently she starred together with Matt
Damon in "The Bourne Supremacy".
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