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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Trick of the Light" - , International (English title) (alternative title)
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79 min
Aspect Ratio:
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When Wim Wenders accepted to teach cinema at the Hochschule für Fernesehen und Film where he himself had been a student from 1967 to 1969, he decided to make a film with his students paying homage to the pioneers of the moving pictures, invented a hundred years before. The film made on a very tight budget became "Die Gebrüder Skldanowsky".See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
abstract movement, 14 May 2009
Author: ruiresende84 ( from Porto, Portugal

Wenders amuses himself, and in the way reflects about some general principles of cinema as an art. Several times he has made interesting films that are themselves cinematic objects and reflections on the nature of the cinematic object. His primary concern is the images. Whenever he deepens the complexity of his narratives, he is aiming at highlighting images. Those are the cases of the very recent Palermo Shooting and the remarkable American Friend: images which illustrate a story about images. When he takes out that intelligent narrative, directly sensitive to the medium, we are left with meditations purely based on images. Sometimes they work, sometimes they drag.

Here it half-works, because the project, intentionally, lacks a bigger form other than that of the interview the old Skladanowsky gives. All the black and white bits are built as episodes and inside those episodes we find other episodes (the original Skladanowsky films). Apparently this started as an academic project, so that would explain the lack of a bigger form, as well as the inaptness of some short bits. That does not explain the almost unbearable ending.

But something interested me here. Wenders picks on something left behind almost at the beginning of cinema. Images as abstract motion pictures, detached of narrative. That's something i think is worth some time exploring, and obviously so did Wenders. So, among all the old remakes of the pioneering films, i was interested in the dance bit. Curiously enough, it is the bit which gets more attention even in the child story of the black and white flashbacks. It is the film that has to be remade. The clothing of the dancers help the effect. It's remarkable, how it works in the eye. I've been spending time watching experiences like that. Besides that, there's little else to see here. And i found totally misused the contrast between black and white footage and the color bits of the interview, which had an uncomfortable video look which put me off. The b&w was already grainy and looked old, they didn't need to look for such a contrast to make the point.

My opinion: 3/5

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