30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Florence Foster Jenkins Story Germany 2016 | 93 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour and B&W | FF 2016

Ralf Pleger

Ralf Pleger (*1967) made a name for himself with music videos and portraits of artists. His documentary Wagnerwahn (2013) was nominated for an International Emmy.

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Documentary/Hybrid Her singing reduced opera buffs to tears. Of laughter. The American Florence Foster Jenkins was the "Queen of Discord" and is still rated the worst soprano in history. Armed with a hefty inheritance, the eccentric society queen of the 1920s declared herself to be a prima donna and went on to shriek and squeak her way through the great arias of operatic history. The paradox was that it was precisely the fact that she was unencumbered by talent that made her a star. In archive recordings, interviews with experts and reports from eye and ear witnesses, the film portrays the eccentric singer and brings her to life in dramatized sequences, where she is played by the real opera singer Joyce diDonato.
Original title: The Florence Foster Jenkins Story
Film type: Hybrid
Original language: English
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Ralf Pleger
Screenplay: Ralf Pleger
Cast: Joyce DiDonato, Adam Benzwi, Jan Rekeszus
Producer: Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer
Director of Photography: Christoph Valentien
Production Design: Daria Kornysheva
Editor: Frank Tschöke
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor: Tobias Cassau (ZDF), Markus Wicker (SRF)
Format: dcp
German Distributor: Edition Salzgeber
World Sales: Espresso Media
Production: 3B-Produktion GmbH
Contact: Maria Willer, 3B-Produktion GmbH:


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