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Weimar Launch Night

Heaven on Earth

+ live score from Helen Noir

Der Himmel auf Erden

In this vibrant comedy, a politician leads a double-life as the manager of a notorious nightclub.

Image from Heaven on Earth

Germany 1927
Dirs Reinhold Schünzel, Alfred Schirokauer
With Reinhold Schünzel, Charlotte Ander, Adele Sandrock
101min
35mm
English subtitles
With live musical accompaniment

A hapless politician (comic genius Schünzel) leads a double life – publicly attacking the depravity of Berlin nightlife while secretly running ‘Heaven on Earth’, a notorious nightclub. This delicious distillation of the contemporary debate around moral degeneracy features raunchy chorus girls, a black jazz band, and a cross-dressing scene that anticipates Some Like It Hot by several decades.

Helen Noir is a London-based musician and composer. A classically-trained soprano and accomplished producer, she has written original scores for live performance for a number of films, including Alla Nazimova’s Salome and ‎Harry Kümel’s Daughters of Darkness. Helen’s live scores respond to picture in unique and compelling ways, referencing disco, opera, jazz or chanson, and incorporating choral loops, reverb-drenched guitar or techno bass-lines.

+ At the Film Studio
Im Filmatelier
Germany 1927. Dirs Hedwig Otto, Gerda Otto. 4min
A stop-motion ad for Bayer Aspirin by a mother-daughter filmmaking duo.

Tickets £12.50, concs £10.20 (Members pay £2 less)

Joint ticket available (£15, no concs, no Member discount, available by phone or in person only) with our launch night party Jonny Woo presents ‘The Party at the End of the World’ (over 18’s only).

Tickets on sale to BFI Champions Mon 1 Apr 11:30, Tue 2 Apr 11:30 and to the public from Wed 3 Apr 11:30.

See other screenings of Heaven on Earth.

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