Homage to Romy Schneider

Event has passed (Wed Sep 5, 2012 - Mon Oct 15, 2012)
Goethe Institut German Cultural Center
The exhibition is open Monday thru Thursday, 10am - 6pm and on Friday from 10am - 4pm.
Movies, Arts, Film Screening, Gallery


Exhibition & Film series
Wednesday, September 5 to Monday, October 15, 2012
Goethe-Institut San Francisco
530 Bush Street
San Francisco
Films with English subtitles
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2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Romy Schneider, the German actress who became an international film star. Our “Homage to Romy Schneider” is devoted to the extensive work of this actress who in the second half of the 20th century was regarded as one of the biggest stars of German and French cinema. Her international success and her turbulent life full of tragic and fateful blows elevated Romy Schneider to the pantheon of German-speaking film stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Hildegard Knef.

Thursday, September 6 to Monday, October 15, 2012
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 5, 6:30–9:00pm
The exhibition is open Monday thru Thursday, 10am - 6pm and on Friday from 10am - 4pm.

In collaboration with Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen Berlin - the Goethe-Institut San Francisco present impressive photographs which were also shown at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany this year. They document the private life of Romy Schneider as well as her professional life and besides that three decades of European film history. The exhibition is accompanied by our weekly film series at which selected films from Schneider’s extensive life’s work will be screened.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 7:30pm
Director: Ernst Marischka, Austria, 1955, 102 min.

This quintessential Heimatfilm resembles a kind of mass, popular dream: a Bavarian princess (Romy Schneider) meets, falls in love with, and eventually marries the Austrian emperor Franz Josef — the kind of perfect idyll that allowed audiences to forget the strains of reconstructing a country destroyed in World War II. The landscape of the Alps where the two meet is indispensable for the romantic aspects of the story; the sets and costumes at the Vienna court are extravagant, and the marriage — the film's highpoint — leads into a marvelously set operetta. A big part of the film's success was due to the luminous beauty of its 17-year-old star, Romy Schneider.

Sissi and its two sequels made in '56 and '57 were huge international hits, and made Schneider the darling of the film going public. But Romy Schneider wanted to get away from the “Sissi”-image of the darling teenager. A fourth “Sissi” movie she successfully refused.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:30pm
The Swimming Pool
Director: Jacques Dery, France/Italy, 1969, 120 min.

Jean-Paul, an out-of-work writer, and his girlfriend Marianne (Romy Schneider), a successful journalist, are holidaying at a friend's villa near to St Tropez. Their summer break is disturbed by the arrival of Harry, an old friend and record producer, who surprises the couple by bringing his 18-year-old daughter Penelope of whose existence they have not previously known. Before Jean-Paul knew Marianne, Harry was her lover. Despite appearances that their past differences have been settled, old enmities between Jean-Paul and Harry soon begin to resurface – with deadly consequences ...

“The Swimming Pool” shows the former real-life couple Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. In 1968, when the film was made, the tabloids rejoiced and hoped for a rekindling of former feelings, as the movie was suffused with eroticism. But a renewed romance failed to materialize. Nonetheless the movie was a big hit, both with the critics and the box office.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:30pm
Cesar and Rosalie
Director: Claude Sautet, France, 1972, 104 min.

"Cesar and Rosalie" is a love triangle, with complications. Cesar, a scrap-metal dealer, seems like an affable, gregarious tycoon – the life and soul of every party. He excels at entertaining a room full of people. His long-term girlfriend, divorcee, Rosalie (Romy Schneider) works for him, but maintains her independence by living separately with her small daughter. When the film begins, Cesar and Rosalie attend a wedding of a friend, and Rosalie runs into the dark, brooding David, a cartoonist she had a serious relationship with years previously. Unavoidably, Rosalie is drawn back to David and back to Cesar …

After “The Swimmingpool”, which led to the breakthrough Romy Schneider longed for, she did her first film in 1969 with Claude Sautet, who was to become her most important director alongside Luchino Visconti. "Cesar and Rosalie" was the third of five films that Romy Schneider shot under the direction of Claude Sautet. These films allowed her to show a wide range of female sensibilities and create modern female roles with complex personalities.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7:30pm
The Passerby
Director: Jacques Rouffio, France/Germany, 1982, 110 min.

Based on the 1936 novel on the same name by Joseph Kessel, “The Passerby” tells the story of Max Baumstein. The respected chairman of a humanitarian organisation, a well-known human rights activist and avowed pacifist, shoots the Parayuayan ambassador dead, in cold blood. Tried for first-degree murder, he explains himself: His victim was in fact a Nazi war criminal who ordered the deaths of thousands of people, including Baumstein's parents. In flashback, Max recalls the horrors of the Nazi occupation of France, and he remembers Elsa Weiner (Romy Schneider), a woman who helped save his life and struggled to free her husband Michel from a concentration camp after he was condemned for publishing anti-fascist literature.

“The Passerby” marked the final screen appearance of actress Romy Schneider, who played both Elsa and Baumstein's wife Lina; Schneider died of heart failure shortly after it was released. She survived her son David by one year.