FICTION FACTORY ROBERT FISCHER FILMPRODUKTION
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FICTION FACTORY is a Munich-based film production company specializing in documentaries and DVD/Blu-ray special features.

This website offers a complete chronological listing of every documentary produced by Fiction Factory since the start of the company in 2002, currently more than 280 titles. (Also included are earlier documentaries by Robert Fischer produced for German television in 1999-2000 and Fischer’s contributions to The Criterion Collection. Please note that most of the latter are produced and owned by Criterion.) The DVD/Blu-ray section lists, in alphabetical order, every published DVD or blu-ray that contains bonus features produced by Fiction Factory and/or Robert Fischer, with currently over 480 entries from all over the world. A search by director (either as subject or contributor) is possible either by clicking on a director’s name in the column on the right, or by using the search bar. If you are looking for films, names or subjects NOT listed in our database, please contact us! We are constantly working on new productions, shooting in Europe or the USA. We have also gained exclusive access to a large collection of archival interviews, and are in the process of making these available. See here for a selection of these mostly unedited and unpublished filmed interviews with directors, actors, film historians and other experts or crew members. Among the subjects covered are the films of Budd Boetticher, Edward Dmytryk, Federico Fellini, Richard Fleischer, Alfred Hitchcock, Jerry Lewis, Louis Malle, Otto Preminger, Francesco Rosi, Edgar G. Ulmer, Raoul Walsh, William A. Wellman, Fred Zinnemann and many others.

06.11.2019 | »LIFE AS IT IS: MILOS FORMAN ON MILOS FORMAN« gets five special screenings at Mannheim-Heidelberg festival

Robert Fischer’s feature-length documentary LIFE AS IT IS: MILOS FORMAN ON MILOS FORMAN has been invited to the 68th edition of the International Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival and will get three screenings in Mannheim and two in Heidelberg. Fischer will be present for Q & A’s. See here for more details!

05.11.2019 | Release Calendar: A Selection of Fiction Factory Documentaries on Upcoming International DVDs and Blu-rays

 

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING | Wild Side | France | 2020

Contains the Fiction Factory documentaries HIGH ATLAS ADVENTURE: ANGELA ALLEN ON JOHN HUSTON AND »THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING« (40 min) and THE GENTLE GIANT: DANNY HUSTON ON HIS FATHER JOHN HUSTON (8 min).

 

TWO FOR THE ROAD | Wild Side | France | 5 February 2020

Contains the Fiction Factory documentary A SON REMEMBERS: SEAN HEPBURN FERRER ON AUDREY HEPBURN AND »TWO FOR THE ROAD« (16 min).

STREETS OF FIRE | Koch Media | Germany | 31 December 2019

Contains the Fiction Factory documentary RUMBLE ON THE LOT: WALTER HILL’S STREETS OF FIRE REVISITED (80 min).

 

BERNHARD WICKI GEDÄCHTNIS-EDITION | Filmjuwelen | 6 December 2019

Contains the Fiction Factory documentaries SANFTMUT UND GEWALT: BERNHARD WICKI IM GESPRÄCH MIT ROBERT FISCHER (27 min), GISELAS ERINNERUNGEN: INGRID RESCH ÜBER »WARUM SIND SIE GEGEN UNS?« (37 min), ÜBER »DIE BRÜCKE« NACH HOLLYWOOD UND ZURÜCK: ELISABETH WICKI-ENDRISS ÜBER BERNHARD WICKI (7 min), DER JUNGE MIT DER PANZERFAUST: MICHAEL HINZ ÜBER BERNHARD WICKIS »DIE BRÜCKE« (12 min), REBELLION AUF ELBA: ANDRÁS FRICSAY ÜBER BERNHARD WICKIS »DIE EROBERUNG DER ZITADELLE« (30 min) and DIE SICHTBARE SEELE: ELISABETH WICKI-ENDRISS ÜBER BERNHARD WICKIS »SANSIBAR ODER DER LETZTE GRUND« (35 min).

 

ROLLERBALL | Capelight | Germany | 6 December 2019

Contains the Fiction Factory documentaries THE BIKE WORK: CRAIG R. BAXLEY ON THE MOTORCYCLE STUNTS IN ROLLERBALL (18 min) and THE FOURTH CITY: SHOOTING ROLLERBALL IN MUNICH (18 min).

DIE BÜCHSE DER PANDORA | Atlas Film | Germany | 15 November 2019

Contains Robert Fischer’s documentary THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER: MICHAEL PABST ON G.W. PABST’S »PANDORA’S BOX« (35 min).

CHARLEY VARRICK | Kino Lorber | USA | 12 November 2019

Contains the Fiction Factory documentary LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS: DON SIEGEL AND THE MAKING OF CHARLEY VARRICK (72 min).

 

13.09.2019 | DOKUARTS 2019 (Berlin) presents »Life As It Is: Milos Forman on Milos Forman«

Fiction Factory is pleased to announce that Robert Fischer’s feature-length documentary LIFE AS IT IS: MILOS FORMAN ON MILOS FORMAN (2018) has been selected for this year’s edition of DOKUARTS, Berlin’s prestigious festival for international films on art. LIFE AS IT IS will be shown on 17 October, 8 pm, at Zeughauskino Berlin (Unter den Linden 2), followed by a Q&A with the director. For more information, see here.

20.06.2018 | »LIFE AS IT IS: MILOS FORMAN ON MILOS FORMAN« AT FILMFEST MÜNCHEN

LIFE AS IT IS: MILOS FORMAN ON MILOS FORMAN | A Film by Robert Fischer | 115 min.

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN screenings:

Friday, 6 July, 17:30, Filmmuseum & Saturday, 7 July, 15:00, Filmmuseum

Spiked with personal stories and invaluable insights into the craft of filmmaking, this intimate talk with legendary Czech-American film director Milos Forman takes us on a journey through Forman’s life and career, from his early successes as a key figure in the Czech New Wave (BLACK PETER, LOVES OF A BLONDE, THE FIREMEN’S BALL) to his award winning masterpieces in the United States (TAKING OFF, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, AMADEUS, MAN ON THE MOON). Shot in New York in May 2000, a condensed version of this on-camera interview opened the Milos Forman retrospective at Filmfest Munich that same year. As a tribute to the great director, who passed away in April 2018, this newly edited version presents the complete footage for the very first time.

Persönliche Erinnerungen und erhellende Einblicke in die Kunst des Filmemachens wechseln sich ab in diesem ebenso spannenden wie unterhaltsamen Gespräch mit einer der schillerndsten Regie-Persönlichkeiten der letzten 50 Jahre: Milos Forman. Der Bogen reicht von Formans Kindheit in Böhmen und seinen frühen Filmen der tschechischen Neuen Welle (DIE LIEBE EINER BLONDINE, DER FEUERWEHRBALL) über die politischen Turbulenzen des Jahres 1968 und Formans Emigration in die USA bis hin zu den großen Kino-Erfolgen wie EINER FLOG ÜBER DAS KUCKUCKSNEST und AMADEUS. Eine kurze Version dieses vor 18 Jahren in New York gedrehten Interviews eröffnete 2000 die Milos-Forman-Retrospektive beim FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. In Erinnerung an den großen Filmkünstler, der im April 2018 verstarb, präsentiert diese neue Fassung erstmals das komplette Werkgespräch.

01.02.18 | Premiere auf der Berlinale: »Der Film verlässt das Kino«

Der Filmemacher Edgar Reitz, Mitunterzeichner des Oberhause­ner Manifests und Pionier des epischen Erzählens im Film (HEIMAT), beschäftigt sich seit über einem halben Jahrhundert nicht nur in der Praxis, sondern auch als Theoretiker mit den Regeln und Grenzen des Kinos, die er auf immer neue Weise zu spren­gen und zu erweitern sucht. Ein Beispiel für sein unermüdliches Suchen und Forschen sind die 1969/70 in Co-Regie mit Ula Stöckl entstandenen GESCHICHTEN VOM KÜBELKIND, 22 abstrus-witzige, subversiv-anarchische Kurzfilme unterschiedlichster Länge, die sich ganz bewusst und mit verblüffendem Erfolg jeder Konvention widersetzten. In ihrem dadaistischen Ideenreichtum sind sie bis heute unerreicht.

Im Mittelpunkt von Robert Fischers Dokumentarfilm DER FILM VERLÄSST DAS KINO: VOM KÜBELKIND-EXPERIMENT UND ANDEREN UTOPIEN steht die Entstehungs­geschichte der wiederentdeckten und restaurierten KÜBELKIND-Geschichten. Edgar Reitz, Ula Stöckl, Werner Herzog, Alexander Kluge und weitere Filmemacher und Zeitzeugen erinnern sich an die Bedingungen, die das KÜBELKIND und ähnlich visionäre Projekte vor 50 Jahren überhaupt erst möglich machten. Sie alle bewegt die Frage: Wie wird die Zukunft des bewegten Bildes aussehen? Und: Brauchen wir überhaupt noch das Kino? Kluge sagt: »Ich gehe davon aus, dass wir das Reich der visuellen Eindrücke überhaupt nicht abgeschritten haben.«

DER FILM VERLÄSST DAS KINO wird seine Weltpremiere als Special Screening im Rahmen der Berlinale (Forum) feiern, und zwar am 17. Februar um 14 Uhr im Delphi-Kino (Wiederholung: 22.2., 17:30 Uhr, Arsenal 1). Weitere Aufführungen: 24.2., 18:30 Uhr im Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien, und 1.3., 20 Uhr (Wiederholung: 4.3., 14 Uhr) im Filmhaus im KunstKulturQuartier, Nürnberg, jeweils in Anwesenheit von Edgar Reitz und Robert Fischer.

In 1962, Edgar Reitz (HEIMAT) co-signed the Oberhausen manifesto that set the New German Cinema in motion. In 1968, Ula Stöckl emerged as Germany’s first feminist filmmaker. A year later, Stöckl and Reitz joined forces to create STORIES OF THE DUMPSTER KIND, a series of 22 hilarious, irreverent short films that have been talked about – but rarely seen – for nearly 50 years. Robert Fischer’s FILM BEYOND CINEMA: THE DUMPSTER KID EXPERIMENT AND OTHER UTOPIAS is a documentary on the background and rediscovery of the DUMPSTER KID series, but also much more: Reitz and Stöckl are joined on-camera by Werner Herzog, Alexander Kluge and others to reflect on nothing less than the future of cinema.

04.04.2017 | Coming Soon: New Documentary on Mike Nichols’ »Wolf«

The latest Fiction Factory documentary just finished production: THE BEAST INSIDE: CREATING »WOLF« is a 55-minute making-of featuring brand-new interviews with producer Douglas Wick, co-writer Wesley Strick and legendary special make up artist Rick Baker. WOLF (1994), directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer, is not so much a werewolf movie but a film about a normal guy’s coping with his animal nature: high-class entertainment, as funny as it is frightening. THE BEAST INSIDE will be featured on British boutique label Indicator’s dual format release of WOLF, due out within the next months.

10.02.2017 | Coming Soon: Stacy Keach, Candy Clark and others on John Huston’s »Fat City«

John Huston’s sombre but compassionate boxing drama FAT CITY (1972) is a criminally-underseen late-career masterpiece from the great director. Peppered with outstanding performances, this gritty yet affectionate look at the world of small-time boxing highlights a down-and-out fighter (Stacy Keach) and a young up-and-comer (Jeff Bridges), both moving through a world of seedy gyms and flop houses. The new Fiction Factory documentary SUCKER PUNCH BLUES: A LOOK BACK ON JOHN HUSTON’S »FAT CITY«, featuring interviews with actors Keach and Candy Clark, casting director Fred Roos and assistant cameraman Gary Vidor, chronicles the making of this modern classic and will first be available on British boutique label Indicator’s dual-format release of the film in late March.

https://vimeo.com/203493883

02.02.2017 | John Moulder-Brown on Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s »The House That Screamed« (La Residencia) and Luchino Visconti’s »Ludwig«

In January, Fiction Factory head Robert Fischer reconnected with John Moulder-Brown to shoot interviews on two more of the actor’s films from the early 1970s. Having discussed Jerzy Skolimowski’s DEEP END (see here) and Maximilian Schell’s FIRST LOVE in 2011, they now sat down to talk about Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s cult classic THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (La Residencia, 1970) and Luchino Visconti’s lush and masterful historical drama LUDWIG (1973). Moulder-Brown was happy to go back in time and share his memories about creating these truly enigmatic characters, and the two interviews (with a running time between 20 and 25 minutes each) will soon become available for international DVD and blu-ray releases.

John Moulder-Brown on Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED: a short clip from the interview

John Moulder-Brown on Luchino Visconti’s LUDWIG: a short clip from the interview

13.09.2016 | A Granddaughter’s view: Vanessa Wanger Hope on Joan Bennett, Walter Wanger and Fritz Lang

In Fiction Factory’s brand-new interview feature THE WOMAN IS DANGEROUS, filmmaker Vanessa Wanger Hope talks passionately about her grandparents — Hollywood star Joan Bennett and producer Walter Wanger — and the pair’s collaboration with director Fritz Lang on no less than four films: MAN HUNT (1941), THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944), SCARLET STREET (1945) and SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR (1947), the latter two produced by Diana Productions, a company founded and run by the star/producer/director trio. But the main focus here is on Joan Bennett’s life and career and on MAN HUNT, which will come out on blu-ray in the UK early next year, with THE WOMAN IS DANGEROUS included as an extra feature!