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Rosa von Praunheim

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Birthday: Nov 25, 1942

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

One of the more eccentric figures to emerge from the New German Cinema movement, Rosa von Praunheim (ne Holger Mischwitski) studied painting in Berlin before apprenticing with openly gay filmmakers Gregory J. Markopoulos and Werner Schroeter. He made several short films in the late 1960s--the first was "Von Rosa von Praunheim" in 1967--and moved into TV work with 1970s' "Die Bettwurst/The Bedroll." Von Praunheim first garnered notice with the documentary "Sisters of the Revolution" (1969), which examined the women's liberation movement and included a segment on gay men who supported feminist causes. The satirical "It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverted, But the Situation in Which He Lives" (1970) follows the "coming out" process of one young man. Von Praunheim remained a more marginal figure than contemporaries such as Volker Schlondorff and Wim Wenders, preferring to address issues of politics and sexuality. "Army of Lovers or Revolt of the Perverts" (1979) examined segments of the gay rights movement in the USA and pointed up the fragmentation of the leadership into groups with varying agendas. Not all of his work focused exclusively on gay themes, either (i.e., "Red Love" 1982); von Praunheim was also interested in people living on the margins of society and many of his films openly challenge the complacent views of audiences. He has dabbled in thrillers ("Horror Vacui" 1984; "Der Biss/The Bite" 1985) as well as profiled cabaret artists from the 1920s and '30s. Working in tandem with American documentarian Phil Zwickler, von Praunheim crafted a trilogy that examined the effects of the AIDS crisis in NYC. In 1995, he produced, directed and played himself in "Neurosia: 50 Years of Perversity," an autobiographical feature structured after Orson Welles' 1941 classic "Citizen Kane" with a journalist investigating the murder of infamous filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim. More recently, he helmed the documentary "Gay Courage: 100 Years of the Gay Movement" (1998) which featured historical reenactments.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Darkroom Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Härte (Tough Love) Director - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet König des Comics Director - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet King of Comics Director - 2012
No Score Yet 100% Rent Boys Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Memories Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Mothers Director - 2007
No Score Yet 50% The Einstein of Sex Director,
Producer
- 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Transsexual Menace Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Neurosia Director - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Am My Own Woman Director,
Producer
- 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silence = Death Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Survival in New York Self,
Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anita: Dances of Vice Director - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Virus Knows No Morals Rüdiger Kackinski (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet City of Lost Souls Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Army of Lovers or Revolt of the Perverts Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tally Brown, New York Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Cinematographer,
Film Editor
- 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives Director,
Screenwriter
- 1971

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