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Angela Skrimshire's "Appreciation of Edgar Reitz' Heimat Films" now published (January 19th 2009)

Dear HEIMAT-friends, many of you will remember Angela Skrimshire, living on the Scottish island Colonsay, from her contributions to the heimat123.net mailinglist-discussions of Heimat 3. Inspired initially by participating in those discussions, Angela has more recently been working on an essay, which she calls an "Appreciation” of the Trilogy . For that she has watched all the HEIMAT films again, and reflected on her direct personal experience and impressions of them.
The result of her work now is online simultaneously on
heimat123.net and heimat123.de, as an e-book in pdf (1,42 MB). The document contains 129 pages and is written in English. For easier navigation the chapter and section headings are bookmarked as links to be accessed and expanded in the pdf “Bookmarks” panel, as well as from the table of contents. The work contains reflections on all films of the trilogy from different angles and approaches, e. g. about the way of telling the story, the use of colour and light, but also the characters' development over time and the history around them. All HEIMAT-friends will like it, I am sure.
Please respect Angelas copyright for the material, you are welcome to download and print it for personal use, but every further publishing or commercial use is prohibited.

Angela Skrimshire: 'HEIMAT’ OF MEMORY, IMAGINATION AND CHOICE: An appreciation of Edgar Reitz’ Heimat films ( Revised Version Feb 2012) (pdf, 1,41 MB)

 

Most of the following amateur translations were done by Angela Skrimshire (Isle of Colonsay, Scotland, UK), some of them in cooperation with Wolfgang Floitgraf (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). Thank you both so much for your efforts! Two further Interviews dealing with HEIMAT 3 are linked from ReineR Rustema's site www.heimat123.net.

Angela Skrimshire (1936-2015)

In Oban (Schottland) ist am Montagabend, 1.6., im Alter von 78 Jahren Angela Skrimshire verstorben. Wenn es eine Seele unserer Heimat-Gemeinde gab, dann war es Angela. Der Tiefgang, mit dem sie die Filme von Edgar Reitz wahrgenommen und kommentiert hat, ihre Präsenz in unseren Diskussionen aber auch immer wieder bei Veranstaltungen hier in Deutschland, zuletzt bei der Premiere von Die andere Heimat in Simmern im September 2013, sind unvergleichlich. Sie war ein sehr sensibler, fürsorglicher, interessierter und engagierter Mensch, wir alle werden sie nie vergessen. Angela, ruhe in Frieden. Du wirst uns sehr fehlen. Bless you.
Thomas Hönemann


Auch Edgar Reitz äußerte sich in einer persönlichen E-Mail sehr betroffen: "Angela war eine der erstaunlichsten Erscheinungen unter allen Freunden und Fans meiner Filme und ihre Anwesenheit bei Premieren, Festveranstaltungen und HEIMAT-meetings habe ich immer als Auszeichnung empfunden. Angelas Schriften und Analysen meiner Filme, besonders des Films Cardillac, werden mir immer wichtig bleiben."


Angela wird am 23. Juni auf der Insel Colonsay begraben werden. Weitere Informationen dazu könnt ihr/können Sie gern bei mir (Th. H.) erfragen.

Reiner Rustema, das HEIMAT-Urgestein im Netz, hat Angela zu Ehren einen "Letter from the internet" eingerichtet, der auf ihrer Beerdigung verlesen werden soll und zu dem jeder von Euch/Ihnen beitragn kann: https://etherpad.net/p/xmvPYFe2Ub.

Angela wurde am Diesntag, 23.6., in Ihrer zweiten Heimat, der schottischen Hebrideninsel Colonsay, begraben. Herr, gib ihr deinen Frieden. Amen.

 

 

Basic Information/Interviews

Edgar Reitz Biography (by Th. Hönemann)

br-alpha Forum. Interview with Edgar Reitz by Walter Greifenstein, winter 2004/5, reflecting on Edgar Reitz' whole personal history as a film-maker.

Edgar Reitz introducing the Heimat-Trilogy DVD-Edition

Translation of the text from the page with photos from the filming locations by Alexander Kuch.

Impressions of Edgar Reitz’ Das Frühwerk by Angela Skrimshire, July (revised Nov.) 2009 (pdf, 0,6 MB)

 

Geschichten aus den Hunsrückdörfern

Notes on the sequence of scenes in 'Geschichten aus den Hunsrückdörfern, a film made by Edgar Reitz while preparing for HEIMAT. Translation based on http://www.heimat123.de/gadh.htm

 

HEIMAT

Documentary "A memorial for the Hunsrück" by Christa Tornow, SWR 1982, about the making of HEIMAT.
Homepage of Alan Gentle with photos from the filming locations and english desriptions (see more in German here).
On alsolikelife.com you can find an interesting synopsis of english critics on HEIMAT.

 

DIE ZWEITE HEIMAT

Soundtrack of the documentary "Up to the Moment of Truth" by Robert Busch about preparation for the making of DZH, 1985-1988

 

HEIMAT 3

Analogies of HEIMAT 3 to HEIMAT (by Th. H.)
Report from the premiers in Munich and Simmern, 2004 (by Th. H.)

"Film offers more than great landscape shots" - by Thomas Hönemann
"The Ratings Freak" - by Peter W. Jansen
HUNSRÜCK - Between Fiction and Reality. On the track of the "Heimat"-films
Interview with Edgar Reitz: "I admire loyalty that expects nothing in return"
Interview with Edgar Reitz: "A Brother is a Brother"
"The difficult legacy of a German epic" - by Hans Dieter Seidel
"Heimat" Trilogy - Goat Song beside the Loreley - by Hans Günther Pflaum
Interview with Edgar Reitz: "Television is no longer a narrative medium"
Interview with Edgar Reitz by Info Fliess, taken from heimat3.de
Interview with co-writer Thomas Brussig, taken from heimat3.de

Notes on the VPRO documentary "Over Heimat", 19.12.2004 (linked from www.heimat123.net)
Interview with Edgar Reitz by Maarten van Bracht (VPRO), taken from cinema.nl (linked from www.heimat123.net)

 

HEIMAT-FRAGMENTE

Reports from the premiers of HEIMAT-Fragmente in Mainz and Simmern by Gerd Jan Jansen and Thomas Hönemann.

Angela Skrimshire's Review of HEIMAT-Fragmente - Die Frauen.

Interview with Edgar Reitz by Jürgen König, relating to the world-premier of HEIMAT-FRAGMENTE (pdf, 101 kB)
Review by Daniel Kothenschulte, published in Frankfurter Rundschau online, 04.09.2006 (pdf, 81 KB)
Interview with Egar Reitz by Margret Köhler, Filmdienst #24/2006