The Swing

The ups and downs of a French-German family in Munich, 100 years ago

 

wp285d8a92.jpg THE SWING  (1983)

DIE SCHAUKEL

A film by Percy Adlon

Anja Jaenicke........................…..Matthias

Lena Stolze......................………Gerraise

Joachim Bernhard...................….Otto

Susanne Herlet......................…..Hespera

Christine Kaufmann................…..Madame Lautenschlag

Rolf Illig.............................…......Herr Lautenschlag

Marianne Sagebrecht..............…Tandlerim

Based on Annette Kolb’s autobiographical novel with the same title, THE SWING is a lavish, breathless reconstruction of life in Munich towards the end of the 19th century.

wp8f2502d7.jpg The story centers around the Lautenschlags, a Bavarian-French Catholic family. The father is the designer of the royal gardens, a distinguished post, but he lacks financial sense and the family is constantly beset by monetary worries. The mother, an upper-class French musician, gives music lessons to local well-to-do children to help pay the bills. Their four children include Annette, known as Matthias -- the youngest, plain, brusque but with aspirations of becoming a conductor -- through whose eyes the events are mainly seen. The film chronicles the mundane and funny crises the family muddles through with a great generosity of spirit. Hailed at its release as “the FANNY AND ALEXANDER of 1984,” THE SWING shares much of Bergman’s exuberance and passion for period detail. Although the world portrayed is one of a chaotic yet loving and generally happy family in adversity, disturbing elements are found throughout. In one of the film’s most striking scenes Matthias is haunted by a premonition of the carnage of World War I, in a kind of ‘Danse Macabre’ that grows out of Strauss’ Emperor Waltz. The nineteenth century Munich and the social panorama we see is a lost world, its humanity held timeless through the full-bodied portrait of one family and their neighbors.wpe49ddf84.jpg

Directed by Percy Adlon

Screenplay by Percy Adlon based on the novel DIE SCHAUKEL by Annette Kolb.

Director of Photography - Jürgen Martin

Editor - Clara Fabry

Music by Peer Raben

Production Designer - Heidi Lüdi

Costume Designer - Regine Bätz

Produced by Eleonore Adlon

A pelemele Film/Roxy Film/Pro-ject Film Production

wp4506a63d.jpg  AWARDS:

BAVARIAN FILM AWARD for Anja Jaenicke, Lena Stolze, Susanne Herlet und Joachim Bernhard

In German with English subtitles, 133 min.

For Professional Use Only

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