Ode to Cologne

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Time Out says

Wolfgang Niedecken's pub-rock-style band BAP, formed in the '70s in Cologne, has been through many changes in size, shape, ethnicity and repertoire over the years, but never strays far from social commentary and always performs its originals in the local dialect 'Kölsch'. This rockumentary uses archive and newsreel clips to show the band evolving in response to social/political changes and features highlights from a 'retrospective' concert in an old picture-palace in Essen; Niedecken emerges as a fine, committed writer with a likeable penchant for Bob Dylan and Kinks covers. Wenders brings very little to the party: just a couple of Steadicam operators and the hopelessly lame idea of having three actors sleepwalk through pretentious little dramatisations of some of the songs. Oh, and one of the worst English titles ever.
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UK release:

2001

Duration:

96 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Wim Wenders

Cast:

Anger 77, Willi Laschet, Joachim Król, Marie Bäumer, BAP, Wolf Biermann

Music:

BAP

Editor:

Moritz Laube

Cinematography:

Phedon Papamichael

Screenwriter:

Wim Wenders

Producer:

Olaf Wicke

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