SID & NANCY / EX & POP

A film by Uli M Schueppel

Starring: Starring: BEN BECKER, MERET BECKER, ALEXANDER HACKE, BARBARA PHILIPP and OTTO SANDER

col, 45min, Engl. Subt., Germany 1996

 

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“Cult!…” Der Spiegel (7/96)

“Drug angels as local heroes: the creation of a depraved romantic junkie fairytale.” Stern (34/95)

In July and August 1995 Ben Becker (the “punk” of German theatre & cinema-scene) staged Sid & Nancy, the play he wrote, at the Berlin club „Ex&Pop“. The lead roles of the production are played by Becker’s sister, famos singer / actress Meret Becker, Alexander Hacke, the guitarist from “Einstürzende Neubauten”, and Ben Becker himself.

The film by Uli M Schueppel follows the intense, at times chaotic process of this self-styled project, revealing the true path to the actual production with the help of footage taken from the sidelines of rehearsals – statements, outbursts, individual rehearsals.

The result is a portrait in the tradition of the „direct cinema“; through the crisis of the actors’ rehearsals, the blending of people and their dramatic roles, reality and theater becomes near and palpable.