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Eight Miles High (2007)

Das wilde Leben (original title)
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Achim Bornhak's movie focuses on the restless life of Uschi Obermaier, the icon of the 1968 movement in Germany and groupie. At the age of 16, Uschi is bored by her job in a photo lab, but ... See full summary »

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Rainer Langhans
David Scheller ...
Dieter Bockhorn
Friederike Kempter ...
Sabine
Alexander Scheer ...
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Milan Peschel ...
Freiberg
Georg Friedrich ...
Lurchi
Inga Busch ...
Agentin
Heike Warmuth ...
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Sebastian Maschat ...
Conrad
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Kajol
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Valerie Lasserre ...
Angel
Uwagboe Rydl ...
Lude (as Uwagboe 'Bo' Rydl)
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Achim Bornhak's movie focuses on the restless life of Uschi Obermaier, the icon of the 1968 movement in Germany and groupie. At the age of 16, Uschi is bored by her job in a photo lab, but soon becomes the "it girl" of Munich's club scene. When she gets to know Rainer Langhans, they move to Berlin and live in "Kommune 1", the first politically-motivated commune in Germany. While the other occupants claim she isn't political enough, Uschi just wants to have fun, works as fashion model and leads international music stars in temptation... Written by fippi2000

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Uschi Obermaier: In Paris that summer, the students wrote "Power to the imagination" on the walls. In San Francisco they danced in the streets, and fought for what had become their way of life. And I was at home in Sendling, a suburb of Munich. I felt I died a slow and never-ending death that day. The only thing that kept me alive was the music. Without that, I would have died. Or worse, I would have turned into my parents. But music alone wouldn't get me out of Senling. That much was clear to me. ...
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Kick Out The Jams
(Michael Davis (as M. Davis) / Rob Tyner (as R. Derminer) / Wayne Kramer (as W. Kramer) / Fred 'Sonic' Smith (as F. Smith) / Dennis Thompson (as D. Tomich)
Performed by MC5
© 1969 by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Neue Welt Musikverlag GmbH & Co. KG
(P) 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp.
Courtesy of Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company
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For those who missed the mythical 60s
12 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful rendering of the 60s. If you grew up like me with the 1968 revolution as a mythical era, this film will make you jubilate. Sex, drugs, rock and roll, radical thinking, revolutionaries, and the research of freedom, pleasure and new horizons. Freeing of the mind, freeing of the body… In her small town in Bavaria, Obermaier feels the revolution pounding in her bones and can't stay in place in her confined, old-fashioned home. Listening to rock music is her escape but it simply is not enough. She takes off and lives in an activist commune for some time before becoming a lover of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and marrying a rich adventurer and traveling the world with him. A lively portrait of strong-willed Obermaier, her rebelliousness and search for unbound freedom. "Don't dream your life, live your dream" is a motto that appears in the film and could not apply better. Uschi appears unstoppable, ready to conquer the world, explore the confines of freedom. Inspiring.


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