Georg Brintrup

Georg Brintrup (born 25 October 1950) is a German film director, screenwriter and producer, known for his non-narrative film essays on poetry and music.

Georg Brintrup
Born (1950-10-25) 25 October 1950 (age 69)
Münster, Germany
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer, actor, editor

Life and careerEdit

Georg Brintrup had already made several underground films between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s before he started his studies in Journalism, History of Art and the Romance Languages at the University of Münster (Germany). Some of the films he made during this period have been shown at avant-garde theater productions in Münster.[1]

In 1973, he started his studies in film and communication sciences at the I.S.O.P. in Rome. Part of his thesis entitled "Literature in Films" (1975) was his short film "My miracles", seven poems by Else Lasker-Schüler, which was shown during the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in 1978 in German. In 1975 he made his first film essay as an independent filmmaker: "Spielregel für einen Wiedertäuferfilm" - (Rules For a Film about Anabaptists), which was shown in 1977 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Berlin International Film Festival [2][3]

In 1978 he wrote his first audio play for the SWF radio station in Baden-Baden. This special form of an audio play is in the tradition of the "acoustical film" by Max Ophüls.[4] Sounds, noises, words and music are treated and used equally while recording. To date, Georg Brintrup wrote and directed about 30 "acoustical films" for various German radio stations.

In 1979 he made his first film essay for television "Ich räume auf" (Putting Things Straight), based on a polemic pamphlet of expressionistic poetess Else Lasker-Schüler. The film has, as its topic, the exploitation and corruption of aesthetic productions.[5]

"Poemi Asolani", which tells of the life and work of Italian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero, was made in 1985 and was his first "music film essay". This film has also been described as a "Musical without Songs" [6] and has won several awards. The idea of this "music film essay" was to create a more sophisticated soundtrack with the intention to not manipulate or influence the audience on an emotional or subconscious level, which usually happens in motion pictures, but to give the audience the possibility to apprehend music on a conscious plane, comparable to the estrangement effect in the theatre of Bertold Brecht.[7][8]

In the 1990s and 2000s Brintrup continued to develop this form of a music film essay. In addition to the Italian music films "Raggio di Sole" [9] and "Luna Rossa" [10] he shot a comprehensive music trilogy in Brazil. The first of these films, "Symphonia Colonialis" [11], deals with the origin of largely unknown Brazilian Baroque Music in Minas Gerais. In the second film, "O Trem Caipira", no word is spoken. "Pure Brazilian" music, from Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha to Heitor Villa-Lobos to Radamés Gnattali, comments on Brazilian everyday life, revealing its own acoustic origins. The third film of the trilogy, "Drums and Gods" [12], penetrates into the musical psyche of the Brazilian. A blind man and a street boy roam the city of Salvador, Bahia in search of the primal sound.

Brintrup's style, his "musical eyes" and "viewing ears" [13] differs greatly from that of other essay filmmakers.[14] Recently Brintrup made the music film essays Palestrina - Prince of Music and Santini's Network, in which the visual illustration of polyphony is given an important role. We can compare eight or twelve independent melodies being played or sung in unison in the films to the course of independent planets which together follow the higher order of gravity in the universe.[15][16]

Brintrup is also a member of the European Film Academy.

Films (selection)Edit

(D = Director, E = Editor, S = Screenplay, P = Production, A = Actor)

  • 1973: Il parco - The Park (D, E, S)
  • 1975: Meine Wunder - My Miracles (D, E, S)
  • 1976: Spielregel für einen Wiedertäuferfilm - Rules For a Film about Anabaptists (D, S)
  • 1979: Ich räume auf - Putting Things Straight (D, S)
  • 1981: Penn'a Du - The Pennsylvania Dutch (D, S)
  • 1983: Strada Pia - Strada Pia a Street in Rome (D, S, P)
  • 1984: Straub-Huillet's Klassenverhältnisse (A)
  • 1985: Poemi Asolani - Asolan Poems, Gian Francesco Malipiero (D, S, P)
  • 1987: Straub-Huillet's Empedokles (A)
  • 1989: Deruta - Deruta (D, E, S, P)
  • 1991: Symphonia Colonialis - The Classical Brazilian music (D, E, S, P)
  • 1996: Raggio di Sole - A Ray of Sun, Roberto Rossellini and Renzo Rossellini Two Brothers on their Journey towards the Unknown (D, E, S, P)
  • 1999: Luna Rossa - Red Moon over Naples (D, S, P)
  • 2000: Tambores e Deuses - Drums and Gods (D, E, S, P)
  • 2004: Sommer Musik - Summer Music (D, E, S, P)
  • 2001-2007: Enzo Cucchi - The ABC of Enzo Cucchi (D, E, S, P)
  • 2009: Palestrina princeps musicae - Palestrina - Prince of Music (D, E, S)
  • 2011: Palazzo Ricci - The German Academy in Montepulciano (D, E, S)
  • 2013: Santini's Netzwerk - Santini's Network (D, E, S)


  1. ^ Playbill 'Städtische Bühnen Münster' for Peter Tersons Zigger Zagger, Premiere on 16 April 1970.
  2. ^ Neue deutsche Filme 76/77 im 7. Internationalen Forum des Jungen Films, Berlin
  3. ^ "Berlin International Film Festival 1977: Spielregel für einen Wiedertäuferfilm".
  4. ^ Schnitzlers "Fräulein Else" und die Nackte Wahrheit: Novelle, Verfilmungen ... by Alexandra Tacke, p. 69, Böhlau Köln, 2016, ISBN 3-412-22497-9
  5. ^ Monika M. Hielscher in MEDIUM, 10. Vol. 1980, book 5
  6. ^ Prix Italia 1985, Cagliari, press release
  7. ^ Brecht, Bertoldt: Verfremdungseffekte in der chinesischen Schauspielkunst. In: B.B.: Schriften zum Theater. Über eine nicht-aristotelische Dramatik. Zusammengestellt von Siegfried Unseld. 22. Aufl. Frankfurt am Main 1993. S. 74-89, 1985'
  8. ^ Brecht, Bertolt. "On Chinese Acting", translated by Eric Bentley. The Tulane Drama Review 6.1 (1961): 130–136
  9. ^ 3Sat: Ein Sonnenstrahl (A Ray of Sun), zur Ausstrahlung von drei Musikfilmen von Georg Brintrup, 11.8.2002
  10. ^ Raffaella Leveque: “Luna Rossa” alla tedesca („Luna Rossa“ in a German way) in Il Mattino March 30, 1998.
  11. ^ ”Música mineira é tema de filme” (Musical Tradition of Minas is Theme of a Film) in Estado de Minas, Segunda Seção, April 7, 1991
  12. ^ Cyntia Nogueira: No princípio, existia apenas o som ... (In the Beginning, there was just the Sound) in Correio da Bahia, Folha da Bahia, March 7, 2001
  13. ^ Jörg Bartel: "Regisseur mit sehenden Ohren - Der Ausnahme-Filmemacher Georg Brintrup" (Director with Viewing Ears - The Exception Filmmaker Georg Brintrup) in Neue Rheinische Zeitung, 22.Oktober 2010
  14. ^ Alberto Farassino in La Repubblica, 24 September 1977
  15. ^ Giuseppe Fantasia: "Palestrina princeps musicae" in Dillinger - La piazza degli outsider, 18 March 2010
  16. ^ Virgilio Celletti: "Palestrina dopo 500 anni diventa una star del cinema" in Avvenire 12 April 2009

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