Wilhelm Furtwaengler - Longing for Germany
When Wilhelm Furtwaengler died nearly 50 years ago, he presumably knew that something had gone wrong in his life - but what exactly was it? His despise for the Nazi regime was matched by his blindness towards the fact that they did not only kill culture, but also people.
Considering himself as a guardian of the most precious treasure Germany had to offer, its culture, he was as well a willing servant as a hard to suffer contrary fellow for the fascist government.
The film approaches the charismatic conductor in an at once associative and documenting manner. It illuminates the world in which Furtwaengler grew to fame, grasping some overlooked threads by combining unusual and new footage with newly shot pictures and interviews in a highly visual style.
Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH