The Culture Files (TV-Series, 5 parts)

Wagner, Pasolini, Beethoven, Zarah Leander or Kleist – we tend to think that we know everything about life, death and the artistic work of these cultural icons. But what are the true stories behind their legends?

1. The Wagner Files
2. The Beethoven Files
3. The Pasolini Files (DE)
4. The Zarah Leander Files (DE)
5. The Kleist Files

News

  • 02/2014 - WAGNER - Graphic Novel (Book)

    2013 – the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner is celebrated one whole year. We take a look at the life [...]

    2013 - the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner is celebrated one whole year. We take a look at the life of a genius musician, told from the view of Hans von Bülow, whose life Wagner influenced a lot. When Richard Wagner died on 13th February 1883 in Venice in the arms of his second wife Cosima, not only the life of one of the most genius men in musical history ended at this point. Also a biography between beguilement, betrayal, escape, adultery, anti-Semitism and a strange relationship with Ludwig II., the excentrically King of Bavaria. Who was Richard Wagner? In which racketeerings was he involved? Is there an evidence of Wagner's double-minded doings? Drawings with love for details and original locations bring the Wagner story close to a younger audience, without losing relevant information. In the content of the CULTURAL FILES, a crosmedia project by gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, the eventfilm the WAGNER Files as well as an App for tablets and smartphones were published. The App compounds the life of the exceptional talent with animation, minigames, his music and animated graphics to a whole new user experience - for young and old.

  • 07/2014 - „The Zarah Leander Files“ now also on ARD!

    After its premiere in October 2013 on ARTE, another oppurtunity to watch „The Zarah Leander Files“ on TV is coming [...]

    After its premiere in October 2013 on ARTE, another oppurtunity to watch „The Zarah Leander Files“ on TV is coming up next Monday: On July 28th at 11:20pm, it will also be screened on ARD for the first time. "The Zarah Leander Files" is part of Christian Beetz' TV format "The Culture Files", which brings high culture to TV screens in an innovative way that also appeals to a younger audience: With the aid of elaborate animations in Graphic Novel style, the modern culture-crime movie follows up the rumors that shape the myth of Zarah Leander, the great film star of the Third Reich, up until today.


  • 02/2014 - Christian Beetz at Avant Première 2014

    Our producer Christian Beetz will present some of our current projects at the Avant Première 2014 MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET [...]

    Our producer Christian Beetz will present some of our current projects at the Avant Première 2014 MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET BERLIN. He will talk about our cross media format “The culture files” (The Wagner Files, The Beethoven Files, The Zarah Leander Files). Another production "Gardenia - Before The Last Curtain Falls" gives an insight of "Gardenia", a theater project of an with the moving stories of aging travesty artists. The presentation starts Sunday, 09. Februar 2014 at 3:40 p.m. The congress takes place from 08th to 12th February 2014.

    Screening Shedule of Avant Premère


Parts


  • 13-11-18 Akte Tschaikowski_Artikelbild

    Tchaikovsky on the Edge (WT)

  • Wagner-Novel-Artikelbild

    WAGNER - Graphic Novel (Book)

  • Pasolini_Artikelbild

    The Pasolini Files

  • Die Akte Zarah Leander_artikelbild

    The Zarah Leander Files

  • Die Akte Wagner_artikelbild_neu

    The Wagner Files (TV)

  • Die Akte Beethoven_artikelbild_neu

    The Beethoven Files

  • culturefiles_game_artikelbild

    Culture Files (WT) (App Series)

  • Kulturakte_Artikelbild

    Culture Files (Crossmedia Project)

  • Kleist_artikelbild

    The Kleist File


The Culture Files (TV-Series, 5 parts)

Wagner, Pasolini, Beethoven,  Zarah Leander or Kleist – we tend to think that we know everything about life, death and the artistic work of these cultural icons. But what are the true stories behind their legends? Mysterious circumstances surround their death, rumours about secret affairs or political machinations persist, deception and crime enclosed them:

It is no secret that the famous German composer Richard Wagner was notoriously indebted throughout his life. Regarding all the scandals and rumours surrounding him and his second wife Cosima, the question arises if they were a regular gangster duo, the Bonnie & Clyde, so to speak, of cultural history?

The unresolved murder of Pasolini is investigated anew. After having been released from prison a few years ago, his sentenced murderer revealed mysterious connections to the Mafia and the Italian secret service.

Ludwig van Beethoven suffered from many things, among them syphilis, deafness, icterus, excessive consumption of alcohol and finally the severe lead poisoning that caused his death. His surprisingly comprehensive patient file may hold the key to a better picture of this complicated musical genius and his impressive artistic work.

The Swedish diva Zarah Leander became the biggest film star of the Nazi era. She befriended Goebbels and was worshipped by Hitler. But secret files of the Kremlin and the FBI suggest that Leander worked as a Russian spy. Who was the agent with the code name ‘Rosemarie’?

The death at Wannsee Lake – a spectacular case that has, to date, continued to disturb and fascinate the ensuing ages. The German poet Kleist was found shot – what is that supposed to mean? What exactly happened at Wannsee Lake that afternoon on November 21st, 1811? Who shot Kleist?

„Culture Files“ is a European cross-media project consisting of a documentary App, a 4×52‘ TV series and a series of graphic novels. Based on the aesthetics and storytelling of modern day crime drama television series it captivates the audience by exploring the unsolved mysteries revolving around many of Europe‘s greatest artists and thinkers.

The vivid pace and investigative story line of the TV series is designed to draw younger audiences into engaging with personalities whose work helped shape our cultural perceptions of today. With its unique combination of glossy crime-fiction aesthetics and the investigative rigour of high-end documentaries the series will develop a distinctive brand design.

A female investigator and 4-6 experts in each episode look at the lives of prominent artists and thinkers. The experts drive the investigations with concise interviews and thereby reveal unexpected facts about the culture icon. Found evidence, analyzed by the experts, will be collected in a studio space that serves as a kind of investigator’s lab – minimalist in style and equipped with the contemporary paraphernalia of scientific inquiry. Films and photographs are projected on video walls, personal letters, newspaper articles, medical documents, maps and police files are strewn across transparent backlit tables.

The visual language of the series is characterized by animation in a graphic novel-style. These animated drawings illustrate important biographical events. Furthermore a road trip along the most important places in the life of the portrayed icon and re-creations with well known actors add to the surprising overall picture of the culture icon.

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Sponsors

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  • The Wagner Files

    HFF Audimaxx - DOK.fest Munich
    11 May 2013 at 8:00 pm

  • The Wagner Files

    Oper Leipzig - Leipzig
    14 May 2013 at 7:00 pm

  • The Wagner Files

    SRF
    26 May 2013 at 11:55 am

  • The Wagner Files

    Classical:Next - Vienna, Austria
    31 May 2013 at 12:00 pm

  • The Zarah Leander Files

    svt - Sveriges Television
    15 August 2013 at 8:00 pm

  • The Pasolini Files

    Babylon - Berlin, Germany
    02 October 2013 at 8:00 pm

  • The Pasolini Files

    Arte
    16 October 2013 at 10:45 pm

  • The Zarah Leander Files

    Felleshus - Berlin, Germany
    19 October 2013 at 7:00 pm

  • The Zarah Leander Files

    Arte
    23 October 2013 at 10:20 pm

  • The Beethoven Files

    Arte
    30 October 2013 at 9:50 pm

  • The Zarah Leander Files

    arte
    05 November 2013 at 3:15 am

  • The Kleist File

    arte
    26 May 2014 at 3:00 am

  • The Zarah Leander Files

    SVT
    15 August 2014 at 8:00 pm