Continuing on with this week’s movies and TV theme, let us introduce you to Bavaria Film – one of the largest European film production companies based in, you guessed it, Bavaria.
The studio was originally founded in 1919 (under a different name) and has since been home to some of the industry’s biggest names in film production. For example, did you know that Alfred Hitchcock shot his first film, ‘The Pleasure Garden’, here? Other world famous directors who have produced works at this studio include Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles and Oliver Stone.
After being founded in 1919, originally named ‘Münchener Lichtspielkunst AG’, in a southern suburb of Munich – Grünwald – it was bought up in 1932 by investor Wilhelm Kraus who renamed it to the Bavaria Film AG. Many famous movies and TV shows have been filmed at the studios, such as the original ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’, ‘The Sound of Music’, and TV show ‘Das Boot.’
Today, Bavaria Film owns many subsidiaries, such as Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, which has produced many episode of German TV series ‘Tatort’, Bavaria Filmstadt, a tourist attraction where visitors can get a glimpse into the production of TV shows, Bavaria Media and Bavaria Pictures.
Although Bavaria Film is one of Europe’s largest film production companies, there are many others, for example Constantin Film. Constantin Film co-produced big names such as ‘The Never Ending Story’, ‘Seven’, ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Dances with Wolves.’ The company also co-produced many of our German favourites, such as ‘Bibi Blocksberg’, ‘Das fliegende Klassenzimmer’ (The flying classroom), ‘Türkisch für Anfänger’ (Turkish for beginners), ‘Der Schuh des Manitu’ (Manitou’s Shoe – the most successful German film ever), and finally, the biggest German comedy of the year 2013 featuring Elyas M’Barek and Karoline Herfurth, ‘Fack ju Göhte’ (Suck me Shakespeare).
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