Die endlose Nacht

The Endless Night
West Berlin’s Tempelhof airport in 1962. The airport is socked in by fog and no planes can take off or land. A dozen or more passengers are stranded and have to spend the night in the airport. Loosely connected episodes make up a diverse whole of encounters and conversations – for instance, between a penniless starlet and two shady gentlemen, a farmer from Africa, and an airport employee looking to get married. Also among the denizens of this involuntary soirée are a wife with an Italian lover, a crooked businessman and a Polish jazz band… Will Tremper has created a soap opera with documentary underpinnings. Shot without a finished script over 45 nights, after closing time in Tempelhof’s central hall, with original sound, The Endless Night gels into a realistic portrait of society. It is peopled with believable characters whose often-improvised dialogue seems perfectly in sync with the time. And the director might have been drawing a self-portrait with the character of the businessman in search of money – to make the film without subsidies, Tremper took out a mortgage on his own home.
by Will Tremper
with Karin Hübner, Harald Leipnitz, Hannelore Elsner, Louise Martini, Paul Esser
Federal Republic of Germany 1963 German, Subtitles: English 85' Black/White World premiere of the digitally restored version | Rating R16


  • Karin Hübner
  • Harald Leipnitz
  • Hannelore Elsner
  • Louise Martini
  • Paul Esser
  • Wolfgang Spier
  • Werner Peters
  • Bruce Low
  • Mario Adorf
  • Wolfgang Neuss


DirectorWill Tremper
ScreenplayWill Tremper
CinematographyHans Jura
EditingSusanne Paschen
MusicPeter Thomas
SoundHeinz Weissert
CostumesChristine Viertel
ProducerWill Tremper
Co-ProducersWenzel Lüdecke, Hanns Eckelkamp

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DCP: Deutsche Kinemathek


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