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Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film (2002)

Viel passiert - Der BAP-Film (original title)
Documentary about the rock group BAP from Cologne in Germany.

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Wim Wenders

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Wim Wenders
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wolfgang Niedecken Wolfgang Niedecken ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolf Biermann Wolf Biermann ... Himself
Marie Bäumer ... Sweets vendor
Heinrich Böll ... Himself (archive footage)
Sheryl Hackett Sheryl Hackett ... Herself
Klaus Heuser Klaus Heuser ... Himself
Werner Kopal Werner Kopal ... Himself
Helmut Krumminga Helmut Krumminga ... Himself
Joachim Król ... Projectionist
Willi Laschet Willi Laschet ... Himself
Michael Nass Michael Nass ... Himself
Jens Streifling Jens Streifling ... Himself
Jürgen Zöller Jürgen Zöller ... Himself
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Documentary about the rock group BAP from Cologne in Germany.

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Vom Regisseur von Buena Vista Social Club

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Official Sites:

BAP official site (German)

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 March 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Oda do Kolonii See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The BAP-tinian Carnevalesque
18 November 2007 | by Hari_AndersonSee all my reviews

Wolfgang Niedecken is the German Bruce Springsteen, with the same range of material and the same celebrity, even though he sings in a dialect that is largely incomprehensible to anyone not from Cologne. The film is a homage to BAP (named for Niedecken's father - Bapp meaning father).

The film inadvertently maintains a tension between BAP's serious, lonely lyrics, the absurdity of singing a song in a language no one else understands, and a Cologne that it tries to portray as a serious, tragic, rebellious city, but the narrative never gets away from the mythic, folkloric Cologne that most Carneval-goers know. It is a very strange Carnevalesque.

The film seems to have been part of Niedecken's current attempts to establish his legacy, both by helping to launch younger musicians' careers and his personal and stage-personal love-affair with Cologne. Interestingly, it also skirts over the reasons behind BAP's failed tour of East Germany, which would have provided some negative balance to the story.

In 2003, the German Ministry of Culture showed this film in Washington, and Wolfgang Niedecken was there to provide commentary. The film was not heavily funded (the sweets' girl and the projectionist, for example, were supposed to mirror the Cologne fable of Jan and Griet, but they ran out of money and left the story undeveloped).


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