Film Articles

Wim Wenders on the music in THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY

When I shot my first feature film ‘The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick’ (based on the novel by Peter Handke) in 1971, German public television station WDR was the main sponsor. Back then, co-productions between cinema and television in the sense that we are familiar with them today didn’t exist yet. Since I didn’t even dare to dream of any other uses for the film than German movie theatres and of course television, I definitely didn’t skimp on my music selection when it came to the source music back then and I put a lot of my favourite songs in the film. The German rights were covered by GEMA (the German equivalent of ASCAP) anyways. As the film then did in fact go on to enjoy an international (albeit modest) career, for instance winning the International Film Critics’ Award at my first festival in Venice in 1972, being screened at MoMA in New York etc., the question of the music rights became a problem for and then finally an obstacle to distributing the film. That’s the reason why ‘The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick’ has neither been available for cinema screening nor on DVD for decades now.

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Discover Now: Heaven Knows What

Discover Now takes a closer look at Josh & Benny Safdie's breathtaking feature film HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT.

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Discover Now: Greenaway

Acclaimed British filmmaker Peter Greenaway takes us behind the scenes on the making of Eisenstein in Guanajuato.

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Discover Now: Honeydripper

As part of the first volume of our American Independents DVD collection, Discover Now takes a retrospective look at John Sayles' electrifying feature film on the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in HONEYDRIPPER.

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Discover Now: Pablo Trapero

With THE AMERICAN FRIEND screening across Picturehouse cinemas on Sunday 9th October as part of the Patricia Highsmith season, Discover Now looks back at this classic movie from legendary film-maker Wim Wenders and the literary appearances of the iconic fictional character, Tom Ripley.

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