Jazz singer and bongo player Tobby Fichelscher has received a tempting offer. He’s been invited to join a tour abroad, which would be well paid. But Tobby hesitates to accept. Because he wouldn’t be playing “his” music. Caught in a quandary about whether to choose art or career, he roams the city. He goes to a basement jazz club, a snack bar, the Wannsee beach; he meets fellow artists, an admirer, friends and acquaintances – and finally makes a decision… “The people and locations are real”. The film seems to be as improvised as its protagonist’s music. The associative editing, jump cuts and high shots made Tobby a pioneer of cinematic modernism, so of course it could not find a distributor. Whereby the documentary images do more than just give us a look at Berlin’s artistic niches and urban wastelands. In Tobby’s sessions with musician friends, the palaver within Kreuzberg’s bohemian world – especially during the five-minute drum and scat solo performed in the Gropius Bau, which had been destroyed in the war – the city becomes an echo chamber for his attitude towards life.
by Hansjürgen Pohland
with Tobias Fichelscher, Anik Fichelscher, Ed Fichelscher, Danny Fichelscher, Eva Häußler
Federal Republic of Germany 1961 German, English, Subtitles: English 75' Black/White & Colour Rating R18


  • Tobias Fichelscher
  • Anik Fichelscher
  • Ed Fichelscher
  • Danny Fichelscher
  • Eva Häußler
  • Francis Conrad Charles


DirectorHansjürgen Pohland
ScreenplayHansjürgen Pohland, Siegfried Hofbauer
CinematographyWolf Wirth
EditingChrista Pohland
MusicManfred Burzlaff
SoundJörg Schmidt-Reitwein, Günther Genth
ProducerHansjürgen Pohland

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DCP: Deutsche Kinemathek


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