About kissing and flying

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Original title About kissing and flying
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2000
length 88 minutes
Director Hartmut Schoen
script Hartmut Schoen
production Susan Schulte
music Matthias Frey
camera Egon Werdin (design),
Jürgen Carle
cut Bernd Lorbiecki

From Kissing and Flying is a German television film by Hartmut Schoen . The comedy was produced by Südwestrundfunk and first broadcast in 2000.


A small rural town in southern Germany in the 1950s: while the family's new television set was broadcasting the German victory at the 1954 World Cup , Daniel Finkbeiner, owner of a small factory for coffins and accessories, suffers a heart attack. While still in bed, he decides on the inheritance: the factory is later to be taken over by his three sons Fritz, Kurt and Erwin, who have just grown up, who are the first to marry and who bring their father a grandson.

A competition breaks out between Kurt and Erwin over who will have a wife first. Independently of one another, they both establish a relationship with the young sports teacher Maria Matuschek. The shy Kurt has success with her and Maria claims to be pregnant by him. Thanks to information from the flower girl Margot, who receives various orders for bouquets, it turns out that Maria also pretended to be pregnant to Erwin and other men in order to collect money for an alleged abortion.

Fritz, the eldest of the three brothers, is a dreamy outsider. He is said to have "something on his head". The war widow Schmitz can be comforted with him through erotic adventures. Petra Maier works as a waitress in the village while she waits for her fiancé who disappeared during the war. When Fritz is humiliated by other guests in the pub, Petra stands up for him. So she comes to the Finkbeiners, where she will soon take over the company's bookkeeping. Petra shares the dream of flying with Fritz. When they drive together, they pretend to be flying, Fritz shows off his self-made flying bike .

Erwin, who has started an apprenticeship in a textile company, is sent to a marriage initiation institute by his boss. In the file he finds the picture of his good-looking colleague Helga, who had previously been very brittle towards him. She reluctantly agrees to the engagement. Kurt and the florist Margot are sympathetic, and they too get closer and become engaged. At the double wedding of the two couples, father Daniel emphasizes his interest in having children soon. The two wives, however, oppose the desire to have children: Margot thinks the stars are unfavorable, Helga doesn't like physical love.

Kurt tells the progress of the story as the narrator: Erwin becomes a successful textile entrepreneur and lives with Helga in a hypothermic marriage. Kurt and Margot split up, Kurt founds a rock 'n' roll agency in Berlin to impress Maria, whom he cannot forget. The amorous Fritz and Petra take care of the offspring longed for by their father. Petra runs the Finkbeiners' operations and controls a real airplane with Fritz at her side.


The figure of the eccentric Fritz, who builds a bizarre flying bicycle, is inspired by the aircraft manufacturer Gustav Mesmer , about whom Hartmut Schoen had already made the short film Gustav Mesmer - Der Flieger (1981) and the documentary Gustav Mesmer's Dream of Flying (1983).


The story takes place in an unnamed community in the northern Black Forest . Dornstetten and Loßburg bei Freudenstadt and Stuttgart are mentioned as places in the vicinity in the film . The film was shot at different locations in Baden-Württemberg : Most of the street scenes were shot in the old town of Gernsbach . The classicist building of the Kaltenbronn Forestry Office in Gernsbacher Hauptstrasse , built in 1803, served as the residence of the Finkbeiners . The school house is the school in Bräunlingen . The church tower, from which the brothers look out over the city, is a tower of the city church Freudenstadt. The Stuttgart street scene was filmed on the Bahnhofsplatz in Karlsruhe . The railway photos show the Sauschwänzlebahn in southern Baden . The roof landscape with domes, on which Fritz and Petra can be seen during the wedding party, is part of the Friedrichsbad Baden-Baden. Elements of the street scene that did not fit into the 1950s were lavishly covered.


Spiegel Online thinks that the director wanted to create a " fancy costume film ". The “perfectly cast actors” would bring the “lightness of being” to the screen, the film could be “enjoyed without stomach ache” .

The TV magazine Prisma calls the film “worth seeing” . It is "a fairy-tale, cheerful swan song for a bygone era" that is gladly transfigured in retrospect. The youthful actor guard and a winking director prevented the swan song from being maudlin.

According to the TV feature film , the film convinces thanks to its soft nuances and the young, playful actors.


From Kissing and Flying received nominations for the competition at the Baden-Baden TV Film Festival in 2000 and for the Adolf Grimme Prize 2001 in the fiction / entertainment category. At the German Television Prize 2000 Jörg Höhn (production designer) and Gudrun Schretzmeier (costume designer) won the prize for the best equipment. The producer Susan Schulte received the VFF TV-Movie Award for the best German TV film at the Munich Film Festival 2000 .

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ In addition to the cities of Bräunlingen, Freudenstadt, Gernsbach and Karlsruhe as well as the Sauschwänzlebahn Blumberg, thanks are also given in the credits to the State Museum for Technology and Work Mannheim, the State Museum Kirchheim , the Rundfunkmuseum Fürth and the Road Museum Germersheim for their support.
  2. Christian Bartels: Mädchenmord und kleine Mafiosi , Spiegel Online from July 8, 2007, queried on September 19, 2009
  3. prisma TV Guide: About Kissing and Flying , queried on September 19, 2009
  4. TV feature film: About kissing and flying , queried on September 19, 2009

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