• The Volker Schlöndorff Collection

    Research materials, notebooks, screenplays in various versions…

  • The Volker Schlöndorff Collection

    Costings, shooting scripts, production diaries…

  • The Volker Schlöndorff Collection

    Storyboards, shooting and mixing plans, several thousand work photographs, stills, production photographs…

  • The Volker Schlöndorff Collection

    Posters, props, awards and certificates…

  • The Volker Schlöndorff Collection

    …and exclusive video material.

The Volker Schlöndorff Collection

The Deutsches Filminstitut / Deutsches Filmmuseum presents this diverse collection for the first time as a virtual exhibition.

The Volker Schlöndorff Collection is one of the most significant and comprehensive collections in the archive of the Deutsches Filminstitut and Deutsches Filmmuseum relating to New German Cinema. In June 1992, Volker Schlöndorff transferred all existing documentation relating to his films to the Deutsches Filmmuseum archive. On 31 March 2014 – Volker Schlöndorff’s seventy-fifth birthday – the Deutsches Filminstitut and Deutsches Filmmuseum presented this diverse collection as a virtual exhibition. The exhibition combines text and images with multimedia elements, and draws upon both the collections of the archive and on supplementary materials such as video interviews, educational media documents, and exclusive essays by eminent writers. In one of the first curatorial selections of Schlöndorff’s work, documents and materials dealing with key films from the filmmaker’s extensive filmography have been prepared editorially and made available online. These are being expanded step-by-step and developed further.

The Collection as a Virtual Exhibition

In the digital age, content can be retrieved anywhere and at any time on laptops, tablets and smartphones. In the museum context, we are now also increasingly working with digital reproductions and representations. Archival material can be made open access and be disseminated in a virtual form. At the click of a mouse or the swipe of a hand, this material can be retrieved in high resolution, zoomed in on, studied in detail and shared with others – and without the original being damaged. With this virtual space, it is possible to experience a wide range of exhibits from a diverse materiality such as photographs, documents and film, to create links to them and to produce new, interactive links between them.

For example, excerpts from the working screenplays of Schlöndorff‘s films have been superimposed on sequences from his films. The resulting collages make visible the creative process and reveal the artistic hand of Volker Schlöndorff, who worked on the screenplay of nearly all of his films. Dialogue and stage directions were typed, annotated by hand, deleted again, expanded. They describe, comment and define. As a result of this process there is now a new medial form which can be used as a point of comparison and to analyse the film in detail, but which can also be a starting point for deeper debates about a particular film and its genesis.

Furthermore, extracts from interviews with Volker Schlöndorff mean that the objects of the virtual exhibition can be approached in greater depth.

  • THE VOYAGER “Café-Sequence”

  • THE TIN DRUM Oskar’s birth

  • THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM “Carnival Party”-sequence


  • YOUNG TÖRLESS Schlöndorff on the scandal in Cannes

  • THE VOYAGER “Tuileries-Sequence”

The Archive

Research materials, notebooks, screenplays in various versions, costings, shooting scripts, production diaries, storyboards, shooting and mixing plans, correspondence, content photographs, work photographs, stills, production photographs, posters, props, awards and certificates provide not only an overview of more than fifty years of Schlöndorff’s work as a director, but also allow for an insight into how filmmaking changed during this period. The collection is continuously being added to by Schlöndorff himself. As well as containing documents relating to his present-day productions, the collection maps the far from finished life work of one of Germany’s most significant filmmakers.

The Films

Filmography, biography and further information at:


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Thanks to:

Förderkreis des Deutschen Filminstituts/Deutschen Filmmuseums e.V.