Sex report film

Sex report films (German: Report-Filme) were pseudo-documentaries that had sexual life as their subject matter. Effectively sexploitation films, the genre was particularly popular in the early 1970s Europe.

Background

Mostly a German (or Germanophone) phenomenon, these films followed the wake of the Kinsey and Masters and Johnson type reports as well as maintaining elements from the German-speaking educational films (Aufklärungsfilme) tradition. Producers Erwin C. Dietrich (particularly in the late 1960s) and Wolf C. Hartwig were active in the genre: the latter produced the Schulmädchen-Report films, which may be considered a subgenre on their own.

After Schulmädchen-Report

The success of the Schulmädchen-Report: Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten in 1970 triggered a range of new films that had titles ending with the word -Report per norm, which ostensibly focused on certain populations and gradually lost their pseudo-documentary tone. Hausfrauen-Report (1971), Ehemänner-Report (1971), Lehrmädchen-Report (1972), Krankenschwestern-Report (1972), Teenager-Report (1973) were among the most distinguished specimens of the genre, where Ernst Hofbauer was exalted as a pioneering director.

References

  • Faulstich, Werner (2005). Filmgeschichte. UTB. pp. 173–175. ISBN 3-8252-2638-7.
  • Miersch, Annette (2003). Schulmädchen-Report: der deutsche Sexfilm der 70er Jahre. Bertz + Fischer Verlag. ISBN 3-929470-12-8.
Franz-Josef Spieker

Franz-Josef Spieker (24 November 1933, Paderborn – 18 March 1978, near Bali) was a German film maker.

Spieker studied theater and literary sciences at the DIFF (German Institute for Film and Television) in Munich. He worked as a photojournalist and film critic and later became an assistant director of Géza von Radványi in 1957, Stanley Kubrick (Paths of Glory) and Douglas Sirk, as a production and editing assistant.

In 1958, he shot his first short film, and in 1962, he signed the Oberhausen Manifesto. In the same year, he participated in the anthology film Hütet eure Töchter! (Look After Your Daughters), a predecessor to the sex report film, with the producer Walter Koppel wanting to win over the signatories of the Manifesto.

Spieker became famous in 1967 with his first full-length feature film Wilder Reiter GmbH, a satire on stubbornness, which made him a hope-bearer of New German Cinema. The satire on Bundeswehr, Mit Eichenlaub und Feigenblatt and the social satire Kuckucksei im Gangsternest, while still acclaimed, but was not as popular as Wilder Reiter GmbH.

Spieker still made numerous short films and received the silver Deutscher Filmpreis in 1977 for Persönlichkeitstest on behalf of his production company, Cinema 80. He was found dead on the beaches of Bali. As a signatory of the Oberhausen Manifesto, he was posthumously honored with the gold Deutscher Filmpreis in 1982.

Housewives on the Job

Housewives on the Job (German: Hausfrauen Report international) is a 1972 German erotic comedy film directed by Ernst Hofbauer and starring Ingrid Steeger, Marie-Georges Pascal, and Elisabeth Volkmann. Released in 1973, Housewives on the Job is one of the six Hausfrauen Report films produced by Hofbauer, also known for his other sex report film series of Schulmädchen-Report.

List of German films of the 1970s

This is a list of the most notable films produced in Cinema of Germany in the 1970s.

For an alphabetical list of articles on West German films see Category:West German films. For East German films made during the decade see List of East German films.

Schulmädchen-Report

Schulmädchen-Report: Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten (Schoolgirl Report Part 1: What Parents Don't Think Is Possible) (UK release title: Confessions of a Sixth Form Girl) is a 1970 West German sex report film directed by Ernst Hofbauer and produced by Wolf C. Hartwig.

The East Frisian Report

The East Frisian Report (German:Der Ostfriesen-Report: O mei, haben die Ostfriesen Riesen) is a 1973 German sex comedy and road film directed by Walter Boos.

Wolf C. Hartwig

Wolf C. Hartwig (September 8, 1919, Düsseldorf, Germany – December 18, 2017, Paris, France) sometimes credited as Wolfgang C. Hartwig and Wolfgang Hartwig, was a German film producer working in exploitation genres.

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