Max Zihlmann

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Max Zihlmann (born February 6, 1936 in Lucerne ) is a Swiss screenwriter .


After graduating from commercial school in Lucerne in 1955, he studied law for three semesters at the University of Zurich. In the fall of 1958 he enrolled at the London School of Film Technique . Here he stayed for a year and made his first film The Thief .

In 1959 he moved to Munich and worked, among other things, as an editor for Kindler Verlag, wrote several radio plays and, from mid-1963, wrote film reviews for the two-month publication “Film”.

At this time he met Klaus Lemke and Rudolf Thome . At Thome's film The Reconciliation , he used the hand-held camera and also took part in the script, editing and production. After staging his short film Breakfast in Rome , he largely limited himself to his work as a screenwriter for Lemke and Thome.

These films, made around 1970, are typical contemporary documents and symptomatic of the young generation of the time, who wavered between rebellion and resignation. Again and again the dreams of the film protagonists are confronted with the banal everyday reality.

When the phase of New German Film was over, Zihlmann wrote for the crime series Tatort , Faust and Ein Fall für zwei, among others . He has been married to Eva Pampuch since 1986 and lives in Munich.

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