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Die Delegation (1970)

Journalist Will Roczinsky is dead. He was investigating UFO sightings. A TV broadcast summarizes the events up to his death.

Director:

Rainer Erler

Writer:

Rainer Erler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Walter Kohut Walter Kohut ... Will Roczinski, Reporter
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Stephan Orlac Stephan Orlac ... Kameramann
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Journalist Will Roczinsky is dead. He was investigating UFO sightings. A TV broadcast summarizes the events up to his death.

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Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

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West Germany | France | Italy

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

9 September 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Delegation - Eine utopische Reportage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Those Were The Days
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Lyrics by Eugene Raskin and music by Boris Fomin
Performed by Mary Hopkin
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A milestone in the mockumentary genre
11 December 2011 | by pontramSee all my reviews

When I saw "Die Delegation" somewhere in the seventies, I was totally caught by the atmosphere and the main actor. Walter Kohut, as a stoic, imperturbable reporter, hunting the unknown, had possibly his best role ever. His sonorous voice alone bears a significant part of the movie.

In the beginning we learn that the main character, said reporter, named Will Roczinsky, is dead, and that there is footage found from his voyage that led to his death. After that, the footage is shown.

For a movie from 1970, the announcement of the footage (by a well known TV show moderator of that time, if I'm not wrong) is very convincing. The footage itself is artfully made like real footage, and many people then thought it was real.

The footage shows sometimes - if one follows the tension - frightening things, frightening with no amount of gore or horror or monsters, but with pieces of mystery and imagination.

I am no movie specialist, but I would say, this movie is a mother at least for the genre of "Found Footage" movies, and maybe the "X-Files" from a technical point of withholding information from the audience, or at least not interpreting it, to raise tension.

No movie since, in my personal opinion, used the mockumentary style more sophisticated.

Besides that, we also follow the fate of a man whose personal integrity, whose life, and whose mental stability fades while hunting the shadows of the unknown. He meets persons who encountered the unknown, he tries to stay at the usual reporter's distance, but he fails while being trapped in his obsession to find the extraterrestrials or at least their traces.

I would highly recommend this little masterwork for a remake. It could be funny with all the UFO hysteria since, and those millions of fakes today, in a world where no place seems to be Iphone-free anymore, and where every child can fake an UFO encounter with it's laptop in a few minutes and upload it to Youtube.


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