Benjamin, Walter
  Bismarck, Otto v.
  Brecht, Bertolt
  Celan, Paul
  Döblin, Alfred
  Fontane, Theodor
  Grosz, George
  Grünbein, Durs
  Heartfield, John
  Honigmann, Barbara
  Isherwood, Christopher
  Johnson, Uwe
  Kleist, Heinrich v.
  Kollwitz, Käthe
  Kracauer, Siegfried
  Lang, Fritz
  Lasker-Schüler, Else
  Liebermann, Max
  Liebknecht, Karl
  Luxemburg, Rosa
  Marc, Franz
  Ossietzky, Carl v.
  Riefenstahl, Leni
  Ruttmann, Walther
  Schinkel, Karl Friedrich
  Speer, Albert
  Tieck, Ludwig
  Tucholsky, Kurt
  Ury, Lesser
  Varnhagen, Rahel
  Wenders, Wim


Wenders, Wim

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Moved to Oberhausen while still a juvenile; began attending the city's annual short film festival

1966: Began, but did not complete, application to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (to Wenders' dislike, program required a preliminary course in life drawing); studied privately with Johnny Friedlander; frequented the Cinematheque Francaise; applied to IDHEC but was not accepted.

1966-1967: First short film as director, "Schauplatze/Locations" (16mm, 10 mins); no longer extant.

1968-1970: Worked as critic for journal FILMKRITIK and newspaper DIE SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

1968-1969: First collaboration with director of photography Robby Muller on the student film "Alabama: 2000 Light Years" (35mm, 22 mins).

1969: First collaboration with writer Peter Handke on the independent short "3 American LPs" (16mm, 15 mins); Wenders and Handke appear in the film driving a car.

1970: Feature film directing, producing and writing debut, "Summer in the City"; made as graduation project; first collaboration with editor Peter Przygodda; film is "dedicated to the Kinks." Along with 11 other filmmakers, formed Filmverlag der Autoren/The Filmmaker's Company to insure the distribution of their films.

1971: Professional feature directing and co-writing (with Peter Handke) debut, "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick"; first of nine collaborations (to date) with actor Rudiger Vogler.

1974: First of three "road movies" with Vogler, "Alice in the Cities."

1975: Second movie of trilogy, "Wrong Move."

1976: Established his own production company, Road Movies Produktion. Completed trilogy with "Kings of the Road."

1977: Won international attention for "The American Friend", starring Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz.

1979: Co-directed (with Nicholas Ray) "Lightning Over Water", detailing Ray's fight to finish his life at work while battling cancer.

1982: Indirectly documented his difficulities making first US feature "Hammett" in "The State of Things", a self-referrential film that contrasts American and European filmmaking styles.

1984: Directed "Paris, Texas", an English-language film with screenplay by Sam Shepard; guitarist Ry Cooder supplied the haunting, plaintive score.

1985: First collaboration with editor Solveig Dommartin, the documentary "Tokyo-Ga".

1987: Made "Wings of Desire", starring Ganz as an angel who wanders Berlin, yearning for a physical, human existence.

1991: Became chair of the newly founded European Film Academy. Expressed disappointment with the 2 1/2 cut of "Until the End of the World" that was released; alternate version (more than twice as long), though still problematic, revealed what the director had been after.

1995: Participated in the "Lumiere and Company" project, shooting a scene with the original hand-cranking camera. Collaborated with Michelangelo Antonioni on "Beyond the Clouds", writing and directing the "frames" between the segments helmed by the Italian master; hired as an insurance policy in case Antonioni's health prevented him from finishing movie; last collaboration (to date) with Robby Muller as director of photography.

1997: Helmed "The End of Violence", scripted by Nicholas Klein; first feature since "Wings of Desire" to secure US distribution; director Sam Fuller portrayed Gabriel Byrne's father.

1998: "City of Angels", loosely based on "Wings of Desire" was released

1999: Helmed the documentary "Buena Vista Social Club", focusing on Cuba musicians tracked down by Ry Cooder; film was nominated for a Best Feature Documentary Academy Award.

2000: Directed "The Million Dollar Hotel", starring Mel Gibson (Bono who collaborated with Wenders and Klein on the screenplay was originally slated to act in film); Bono had performed on the soundtrack for "The End of Violence"; Wenders has directed music videos for the band; released theatrically in the USA in 2001


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