• A TINY PIECE OF SEMPER OPERA HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO YOU

    A TINY PIECE OF SEMPER OPERA HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO YOU

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A TINY PIECE OF SEMPER OPERA HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO YOU

a film by Ines Janosch, Danuta Derbich

A TINY PIECE OF SEMPER OPERA HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO YOU

Germany | 2010 | 55:00 min

Formal Categories

History Arts Music

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
It was the night of February 13th 1945 when Dresden was destroyed in an airstrike.
And with it vanished semper opera, Dresden´s heart of culture. Nothing but it´s impressive front remained and turned the former legendary opera house into a single memorial -until it´s reconstruction was pushed through by the Dresdeners 30 years later.
The laying of the foundations in 1977 meant the beginning of an adventure for hundreds of restorers, artists, and plasterers. It was a challenging experience: The original building plans and drafts had been lost and the legendary colouring was only documented in letters. An exceptionally difficult task was awarded to the stucco plasterers who manufactured the stucco marble and stucco-lustro. These were essential for the accurate historical reconstruction of the foyers and vestibules and the reproduction of their architectural effects.
Those long-forgotten crafts had to be re-learned. Also, the long-term lack of material, a result of the GDR’s weak economy, aggravated the process of reconstruction. During all this time, a group of film-makers documented silently and carefully. They immortalised the painters, sculptors, carpenters and stucco plasterers at work, ironing, waxing and polishing, painting and reconstructing. This treasure of cinematic art has now been made available by the film group.
Our film tells the story of the film-group and the people who rebuilt the semper opera.
Along with the Dresdeners, they fought against the GDR government for their dream of reconstructing the opera house.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Ines Janosch, Danuta Derbich
  • Screenwriter Ines Janosch, Danuta Derbich
  • Director of Photography Hans Rombach
  • Editor Ines Janosch
Original Languages

German

Production Company
seven-years-film GmbH
Bergmannstraße 32, 10961 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 69506891

Phone: +49 30 69507062

info@seven-years-film.de
http://www.seven-years-film.de
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