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.

The Goalies Anxiety At The Penalty Kick

In the scope of the extensive 4K restoration of the film, the Wim Wenders Foundation obviously had to come up with a solution to this problem as well, in order to be able to make the film available again around the world. Any attempt to obtain all of the rights to the original music, and that for the whole world to boot, would have been completely delusional. The price for such an undertaking would have approached that of the original production costs for the entire film, which would of course have represented an absurd investment on the part of the foundation. For this reason, we only purchased the rights for some of the original pieces, in particular for those in the background of scenes with dialog. By contrast, where other songs are heard in passing emanating from jukeboxes or radios, we decided to simply produce new ones. Michael Beckmann put a band together for this purpose and wrote new songs and lyrics with them. Really beautiful tunes were created in the process, tunes which are every bit as good as the original songs. The guys managed to imitate the sound of the Sixties as faithfully as possible. In order to achieve this effect, they worked with instruments and analog recording techniques from the 50’s and 60’s. As a result the difference between old and new is imperceptible or nearly so in most cases. We didn’t change anything in the original mono sound mix for the film, and of course we also didn’t make any changes to Jürgen Knieper’s original score. I really hope that these music substitutions will not bother anyone. They were the condition for being at all able to have the film seen once again.

Wim Wenders


The stunning 4K restoration of THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK is screening at HOME in Manchester and the ICA in London from Friday 13th July 2018.

The Blu-ray and DVD are available now.

Goalies vinyl LP

A special limited edition 10 inch LP was created by Wenders Music to celebrate the restoration and release of THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK, featuring six replacement killer tracks by Lovegrove. Copies of the LP will be available to purchase at HOME's bookshop in Manchester during the film's run (13th - 19th July 2018).

For further information please visit www.wim-wenders.com/music

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