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A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Stefan Barber ... Ringkampf boxer
Wiebke Bayer ... Italienischer Bauerntanz dancer
Nadine Büttner ... Gertrud Skladanowsky (as Nadine Buettner)
Mehmet Ali Ceyhanli ... Ringkampf boxer
Daniele Drobny ... Acrobat
Florian Gallenberger ... Himself
Larissa H. Gomez ... Italienischer Bauerntanz dancer
Lucie Hürtgen-Skladanowsky ... Herself

George Inci ... Russian dancer / Ringkampf boxer
Jürgen Jürges ... Himself
Leon Jürges ... Acrobat
Marianna Kawka ... Josephine Skladanowky

Udo Kier ... Max Skladanowsky
Lali Kovacz ... Acrobat / Ringkampf boxer
German Kral ... Himself
Angelika Kraml ... Boxer versus kangaroo
Michael Krauss ... Komisches Reck comedian
Otto Kuhnle ... Emil Skladanowsky
Bodo Werner Lang ... Postman
Ludwig Lichl ... Louis Lumière
Christoph Merg ... Eugen Skladanowsky
Hans Moser ... Baron
Brygida Ochaim ... Mademoiselle Ancion
Diego Patschenko ... Komisches Reck comedian
Barbara Rohm ... Herself
Romeo ... The boxing kangaroo
Thomas Rosié ... Dorn
Lena Rüssman ... Acrobat
Alfred Sczczot ... Der Spion
Rüdiger Vogler ... Hochradfahrer

Wim Wenders ... Milkman / Coalman / Himself
Manfred Wopalka ... Auguste Lumière
Rolf Zacher ... Max Skladanowky (voice)

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sebastian Andrae 
Henrick Heckmann 
Veit Helmer 
German Kral 
Barbara Rohm 
Alina Teodorescu  (as Alina Theodorescu)
Wim Wenders 

Produced by
Veit Helmer .... producer
Wolfgang Längsfeld .... producer: HFF
Original Music by
Laurent Petitgand 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
Production Design by
Andreas Schroll  (as Andreas H. Schroll)
Michael Wildt 
Costume Design by
Katrin Kath 
Inez Raatzke (first part)
Makeup Department
Jens Bartram .... makeup artist
Sigrid Groppler .... makeup artist
Heide Haß .... makeup artist
Nicola Herrmann .... makeup artist
Tatjana Luckdorf .... makeup artist
Julia Schlotke .... makeup artist
Production Management
Benedikte Baumann .... unit manager
Florian Gallenberger .... unit manager
Veit Helmer .... production manager
German Kral .... post-production supervisor
Oliver Lüer .... unit manager
Stefan Mohr .... unit production manager
Nikolaus Prediger .... production supervisor
Ralph Remstedt .... production manager
Barbara Rohm .... post-production supervisor
Kathrin Rohm .... unit manager (as Katrin Rohm)
Gabi Scheiger .... production manager (as Gabriele Scheiger)
Bernadette Werrelmann .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sebastian Andrae .... assistant director
Sorin Dorian Dragoi .... assistant director (as Sorin Dragoi)
Peter Fuchs .... assistant director
Carsten Funke .... assistant director
Florian Gallenberger .... assistant director
Markus Hansen .... assistant director
Henrick Heckmann .... assistant director
Veit Helmer .... assistant director
German Kral .... assistant director
Björn Kurt .... assistant director
Bodo Werner Lang .... assistant director (as Bodo Lang)
Matthias Lehmann .... assistant director
Eva Munz .... assistant director
Stephan Puchner .... assistant director
Barbara Rohm .... assistant director
Britta Sauer .... assistant director
Marcus Schmidt .... assistant director
Alina Teodorescu .... assistant director (as Alina Theodorescu)
Carlos Álvarez .... assistant director
Art Department
Birgit Dunkel .... assistant art director
Kaspar Falkenroth .... constructor
Axel Garbrecht .... constructor
Susanne Grossart .... assistant art director
Klaudia Gössel .... constructor
Lali Kovacz .... artistic advisor
Bodo Werner Lang .... assistant art director (as Bodo Lang)
Marco Minierski .... assistant art director (as Marco Miniersky)
Mauro Podini .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Jörg Diernberger .... assistant sound
Hartmut Eichgrün .... sound re-recording mixer
Florian Gallenberger .... assistant sound
Heino Herrenbrück .... sound mixer
Anne Schnee .... sound editor
Christian Wegner .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Silvia Beck .... first assistant camera
Klaus Bieling .... gaffer
Sorin Dorian Dragoi .... electrician (as Sorin Dragoi)
Jost Engel .... gaffer
Jost Engelmayer .... gaffer
Bernd Fischer .... electrician
Carsten Funke .... electrician
Andreas Giesecke .... first assistant camera
Oliver Haas .... electrician
Oliver Haas .... lighting technician
Sönke Hansen .... electrician
Henrick Heckmann .... electrician
German Kral .... second assistant camera
Björn Kurt .... electrician
Matthias Lehmann .... electrician
Michael Muller .... key grip
Stephan Puchner .... electrician (as Stefan Puchner)
Barbara Rohm .... second assistant camera
Britta Sauer .... still photographer
Peter Steuger .... first assistant camera
Bjoern Susen .... electrician (as Björn-Yves Susen)
Carsten Thiele .... second assistant camera
Jutta Tränkle .... electrician
Carlos Álvarez .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Petra Kather .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
German Kral .... assistant editor
Eva Munz .... assistant editor
Barbara Rohm .... assistant editor
Music Department
Sabine Andert .... musician: cello
Ulrich Bartel .... musician: violin
Marco Birkner .... music recording
Daniel Favre .... assistant to Laurent Petitgand
Daniel Favre .... musician: percussions
Michael Krayer .... musician: cello
Laurent Petitgand .... arranger
Laurent Petitgand .... musician: keyboards and saxophone
Jörg Straßburger .... musician: accordion
Transportation Department
Stefan Kornatz .... production driver
Other crew
Sebastian Andrae .... script supervisor
Jolanda Darbyshire .... production coordinator
Manfred Durhak .... traffic controller
Andrea Gebert .... production administrator
Sigrid Hoerner .... production assistant
German Kral .... script supervisor
Eva Munz .... script supervisor
Barbara Rohm .... script supervisor
Kathrin Rohm .... researcher (as Katrin Rohm)
Tanja Rohmann .... production coordinator
Johannes Schorch .... production assistant (as Jo Schorch)
Anke Steinbacher .... production assistant
Martina Suckow .... production administrator
Spiro Taraviras .... student mentor (as Spiro N. Taraviras)
Alina Teodorescu .... script supervisor
Catherine Coste .... special thanks
Jolanda Darbyshire .... special thanks
Nadja Engel .... special thanks
Conrad F. Geier .... special thanks
Agnès Godard .... special thanks
Kurt Grusser .... special thanks
Leon Jürges .... special thanks
Gunther Kortwich .... special thanks
Barbara Kupferer-Cordts .... special thanks
Hans-Joachim Rabs .... special thanks
Markschieß van Trix .... special thanks
Donata Wenders .... special thanks
Frau Winkler .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"A Trick of the Light" - , International (English title) (alternative title)
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79 min
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The film was made in three parts by Wim Wenders and his students. The first school year (1994-1995) was devoted to the filming of the invention of the Bioskop; during the second year they filmed the the first public projection at the Wintergarten; in the final year, they worked on the trip to Paris and the interview of Lucie Hurtgen-Skladanowky.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Visit to Cinematic Beginnings, 23 December 2007
Author: Cineanalyst

This biopic of the Skladanowsky brothers, who were some of the first to invent cinema, began as a project for Wim Wenders's students and evolved into a feature-length film released during the centennial of the cinema's invention. Also for 1995, Wenders was one of the filmmakers who paid homage to the Lumière brothers by making their own 50-or-so-seconds long films for "Lumière et compagnie". The Skladanowsky brothers' Bioskop film projector premièred on 1 November 1895--nearly two months before the Lumière brothers' first program. It should also be noted, however, (and it's not in this film) that a few other inventors have earlier claims than do even the Skladanowsky brothers. To count projected drawn animation or the projection of films to non-paying audiences would add a few more names. Regardless, they were among the firsts, and this film, "A Trick of Light", is a fun little tribute to their invention.

Wenders interweaves various forms of narration and film technique to tell the story. First, there are fictional scenes (and not entirely historically accurate) of the brothers and one of their daughters working on the Bioskop and their films, which they eventually show to a paying audience. This part is photographed with a silent era hand-cranked camera and two characters provide voice-over narration at different times. Second, there is a documentary interview with 95-year-old Lucie Skladanowsky, daughter of the late Max Skladanowsky. Fictional elements are further interweaved with the interview, including via trick photography. The little girl from the previous fictional episode, for example, enters the interview undetected, as does the spy who was trying to steal the Skladanowsky's invention. All of this makes for an uneven picture. That Wenders and his students made the film over three or so years probably didn't help the film's consistency, either.

Nevertheless, it's an entertaining and sometimes interesting (although not too enlightening due to taking liberties with historical facts and the mixing of fiction with nonfiction) look at one largely forgotten group of cinema's inventors and their system of projection. Reenactments of the films are even shown. Yet, one wonders if they had shown what's left of the Skladanowsky brothers original films, or if Wenders hadn't taken as many liberties with history overall, or if the interview were not interrupted by fiction, "A Trick of Light" may have been better. Still, not many have given this part of film history any attention, so this was a unique project and worth watching.

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