“Wicked Games” is a narrative film by Ulrich Seidl, a well-known Austrian documentary filmmaker. The film is about two grown brothers who come to Lower Austria to bury their mother. Both men return to their own lives, one to Romania, the other to Rimini. But both are forced to deal with their past.
In one scene, Richie Bravo (Michael Thomas) sings to the original recording of SCHWARZE MADONNA (Music: Henry Mayer, Lyrics: Günther Behrle) - published in 1973 by MELODIE DER WELT - which can be heard from a juke box in his father's cellar.
"Wicked Games" is an Austrian / German / French co-production by Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion, Essential Filmproduktion and Société Parisienne de Production as well as ORF, BR and Arte.
A new commercial for the MINI John Cooper Works will start on March 1st, 2021. The special feature: The spot is used internationally and is part of the “Mini Big Love 2021” campaign.
Background-music of the film is “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel of 1975. The romantic glam rock song is characterized by an creative arrangement and a wonderful acoustic guitar solo.
The spot shows the MINI JCW where it belongs, on a rally. What is happening there? Check out the entertaining commercial for yourself.
The bankruptcy of the Cologne bank I.D. Herstatt was the most spectacular in German history. In the years between 1956 and 1973 the Herstatt Bank had grown breathtakingly, but in 1974 the banking supervisory authority withdrew the license from the private bank.
The catastrophe started with six young foreign exchange traders in their early twenties juggling futures contracts. Herstatt proudly called them his "golden boys". Each of them had a trading limit, but they did not stick to it. This was made possible by other employees of the bank who acted as front men and signed contracts. The “golden boys” gambled away with their forecasts for the dollar to such an extent that almost 90 percent of the bank’s equity was used up.
The state did not come to the rescue. As a consequence of this sensational bankruptcy, which deeply unsettled bank customers, the German banking industry's deposit protection fund was founded.
Zeitsprung Pictures started a satirical film adaptation of this story in autumn 2020, which is told from the perspective of the fictional character Marie Breuer (Michelle Barthel). The film is expected to be broadcast on ARD in spring 2021.
In one scene, Marie is sitting on a roof and talking to another woman about the crash. "En d’r Kaygass" by Hermann Kläser and Wilhelm Herkenrath underlines the scene. The song is a timeless declaration of love to the city of Cologne, published by Otto Kuhl Musikverlag by MELODIE DER WELT.
Two songs by Errol Brown are used in the student short film “Handbook for a Privileged European Woman”: “Everyone’s A Winner” is the intro song and “You Could've Been A Lady” shall be the outro song (both songs published by RAK, London, sub-published by MELODIE DER WELT).
The film is produced by Alma Buddecke, Stella Markert and Felix Schreiber from the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. They are producing the film for the program “Europe in Film”, commissioned by the Foreign Office, in cooperation with the German Film Academy.
“Handbook for a Privileged European Woman” deals with the current situation of women's rights in Europe and tells in a sarcastic and humorous how-to guide, how women can survive a patriarchal society.
The film is drastic, ironic, and very funny.
“Monday at ten” is a new drama produced by BerghausWöbke film production company in Munich.
It's about 62-year-old Helga, who is abandoned by her husband after 39 years of marriage and who doesn't get along with her two daughters. In addition, she has no friends, only acquaintances with whom she meets now and then. When her cleaning lady goes on vacation, she sends a replacement in form of the older Polish man Ryszard. He too is disappointed in his wife and therefore left his home.
In a romantic scene between Helga and Ryszard, “Mr. Vain" is to hear, the unforgettable top Eurodance song, published by Get Into Magic Music Publ. and Fenslau Musikverlag, both administered by MELODIE DER WELT.
Koryphäen Film in Germany is releasing the comedy "It's For Your Own Good" in October 2020. The plot is known from the Spanish hit movie "Es por tu bien". Marc Rothemund directed the funny concept with Heiner Lauterbach, Hilmi Sözer and Jürgen Vogel.
Brothers-in-law Arthur, Yussuf and Bernhard don’t like their future sons-in-law, for good reasons: One is a revolutionary, the other is a lazy man and has contact with drug dealers and the third is a no longer young nude photographer. They team up to get rid of their daughters chosen men.
In one scene, the whole family is having a barbecue. Everyone enjoys it, only the men don't. The scene is musically accompanied by the song LONELY BOY by The Black Keys (McMoore McLesst Publishing 66.67% copyright - SP: Wixen Music, in this country sub-published by MELODIE DER WELT), a song that no one can resist and one of the most successful by the American rock band.
Radio listeners of the baby boomer generation in the Rhine-Main area do not need an introduction of moderator Werner Reinke from Hessischer Rundfunk. If you mention his name, everyone just sighs: "Oh yes ... Hitparade International ... recording on cassette (just press the recording in time) ... every Thursday". His voice is unmistakable, arouses childhood memories and a longing for the good old radio days, when you listened to certain programs and looked forward to them all week (transfigured in memory).
Andreas Heller shot a documentary entitled “The old love or why Mr. Reinke went to the radio”, in which there are also many rare excerpts from radio programs. The documentary is not only about Werner Reinke himself, but also shows the development of German radio based on his career.
That includes good, old songs. Two sub-published works by MELODIE DER WELT are included in the documentary, produced by Creative Motion Film + Fernsehproduktion: A TOUCH OF VELVET (A STING OF BRASS) of 1978 and LIKE A ROCK by Bob Seger of 1986.
The American performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson has a fascinating voice, which is well expressed in the work "Walking & Falling". It is published by Difficult Music, sub-published by MELODIE DER WELT.
Elisabeth Jakobi, who studies at the Film University in Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, has hand-drawn an experimental animated film entitled "Walking while Falling" with Laurie Anderson’s piece as background music. The artist watched the film about a woman who is desperately trying not to fall against all odds and commented: "I like it!".
The short film is to be shown at international festivals from November 2020.
(C) Elisabeth Jakobi
The fantastic comedian, actress, presenter and entertainer Anke Engelke leads a German six-part Netflix original series as a funeral eulogy speaker, who loses both control over her family and faith in her job after her husband’s death. In this tragicomedy there is everything like real life, exaggerated of course.
Why in this series the club anthem of 1. FC Union Berlin can be heard (once legendarily sung by Nina Hagen with the title EISERN UNION, published by Edition Peacelounge, c/o MELODIE DER WELT) can be seen on Netflix in episode 3.
In February 2020 "Nightlife" with Elyas M’Barek, Palina Rojinski and Frederick Lau was released. An amusing film in which nocturnal Berlin is the theme. From romance to crime, everything is included.
"Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Roy Turk, Lou Handman, in the German version by Kurt Feltz (copyright by Bourne Co., sub-published by MELODIE DER WELT – proportianal shares in German-speaking countries), accompanies a scene in the Maratonga Bar which Sunny (P. Rojinski) visits. Old couples dance to the singing of Peter Alexander, who covered the pop ballad in German in 1960.
"Nightlife" became the top-selling film in the German cinema charts right after the first screening weekend.
In the animated mini-series “Musifanten”, produced by Ahoi-Film (co-produced with children-channel KIKA and the broadcaster RBB) for the "Sandmännchen"-series (Sandman – TV series for infants), the retired fat circus elephant Grandpa Günter and his grandson Charlie make musical trips to the 1920s and 1930s.
“In einer kleinen Konditorei ("In a small pastry shop") Grandpa Günter sings wistfully of his old love, with whom he always went to the same pastry shop. His grandson Charlie is less interested in the story, but he enjoys the clumsy waiter penguin. The song, which is best performed in this lovingly designed story, is a successful tune by the Viennese composer Fred Raymond from 1928. Originally published by Edition Scala in Vienna, the copyright passed to the music publisher MELODIE DER WELT in 1958.
The premiere of "In einer kleinen Konditorei" by the Musifanten in the KiKA is on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 09.10 am.
"In einer kleinen Konditorei" will be shown in the programme "Sandmann" on Friday, May 29, 2020 in rbb, MDR and KiKA.
Frankfurt am Main, January 24, 2020
Helmut Newton, born on October 31, 1920 and deceased in Los Angeles in 2004, is a legend. The cosmopolitan lived a life like in the film and this is now told by the well-known director Gero von Boehm in his 90-minute cinema documentary "Helmut Newton - The Bad and the Beautiful".
Helmut Newton was best known for his provocative acts. He broke taboos as early as the 1950s and 1960s. Photos for well-known fashion magazines, but mainly for "Vogue", contained an erotic imagery that also included fetishism and SM. He also photographed for "Playboy" magazine. After many years as a fashion photographer, Newton concentrated on nude photography from the late 1970s. This made his art controversial and a political issue for feminists. Newton was also known for his artistic portrait photos. The documentary is in the selection for the German Film Award.
Steve Harley's MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME), published by RAK London and sub-published by MELODIE DER WELT, runs through the documentary, can be heard in several scenes and in the credits. It is an unforgettable glam rock song from 1975.
Udo Lindenberg does his own thing until today and survives all time as an icon of German rock history.
On January 16, 2020, the biographical feature film "Lindenberg! Do your thing" will be released in the cinemas. It relates the story of Lindenberg's childhood in Westphalian city Gronau, from his beginnings as a jazz drummer as well as his first major stage appearance in 1973, where he experienced his breakthrough.
A companion of his life was the music of his time, including the songs "Gamblers Guitar" (1957 Frederick Music via WEST TON VERLAG, sung in the German version by Fred Bertelmann, to be heard from the jukebox in a bar scene in Gronau) and "Judy, I Love You" by Chris Andrews (1971 MELODIE DER WELT, sung by Bata Illic, to be heard in a scene in a pub on the Hamburg Reeperbahn).
The Polish electronics retailer Media Expert launches a long-term campaign with the song "Time To Turn" by German artrock band Eloy. For this purpose, the lyrics have been changed and the song newly covered.
"Time To Turn", published by Edition Rock-Melody at MELODIE DER WELT, is one of Frank Bornemann's most successful songs from the early 1980s. It was covered in the late 80s by the rock band Budka Suflera in Poland and is still popular today.
The book stories about the eleven-year-old Lotta and her chaos life are very popular and were filmed with a story of its own by the children's film-experienced director Neele Leana Vollmar this year.
The film was awarded with the Guild Film Award 2019 by the Association of repertory cinema operators in the category "Best Children's Film" in September.
Included in it is the "Sonnengruss Remix" of the song "Begging" by Lions Head aka "Iggy" Uriarte (MELODIE DER WELT, Edition DeTeCe at MdW and Tanzdichglücklich at Universal). "Begging" was one of the most-clicked tracks in spring 2015.
On November 7, 2019, the movie "Der letzte Bulle" premieres. Henning Baum plays his parade role for the big screen this time. It tells the same story as in the crime series that was broadcasted by Sat1, in condensed form. It is about a police officer who was in a coma for 25 years because of a head shot and suddenly wakes up. No longer up to date, he returns to the police service and works smart and macho-like in an old school manner. His handling of the sensitivities and the everyday life of the 21st century brought the character dream quotas already on television.
In one scene, the song MR. VAIN by Nosie Katzmann, Stephan Zick and Jay Supreme is to be heard on the radio, which was a number one hit in 1993 by the band Culture-Beat, became the best-selling single in Europe and made it to # 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The piece is published by the publishers Get Into Magic and Fenslau Musikverlag, both administered by MELODIE DER WELT, as well as Neue Welt Musikverlag.
There’s hardly anyone who doesn’t know it, the world hit “Music” by John Miles of 1976 (published by RAK, London, sub-published by MELODIE DER WELT). The public utility company in Munich (Stadtwerke München) had the idea to ask the British singer and composer to re-sing his song for them with a lyric change: Music became Munich.
And indeed, the famous musician was ready to personally pick up the microphone. " When I was approached by Stadtwerke to record my song 'Music Was My First Love' but using 'Munich' instead of 'Music' it was an easy decision. I have always loved performing in Munich and such a lovely city to visit. There are so many interesting places and can always be assured of a warm welcome." (John Miles)
The result is an emotional commercial with Munich as the protagonist.
At the latest when love has become a burden and finally breaks, it is time for an inventory. In fragmented scenes, the film "The Components of Love" draws the elliptical portrait of a modern family. It is a serious breakup comedy with singing elements. The film has been produced by Clemens Köstlin as a student graduation film for the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. It premiered at the Berlinale Section Perspektive on February 12, 2019. Quickly a distributor was found and so the film came into German cinemas on 22 August.
The music runs like a red thread through the film. However, it is a very specific kind of music: old German Schlager. The songs form the meta-level to the film plot, a self-deprecating commentary - because the film characters sing the songs themselves. In one scene Georg sings for Sophie's baby “Am Golf von Biskaya” ("On the Bay of Biscay"). This was originally a shanty song “Fahr mich in die Ferne mein blonder Matrose” ("Sail me faraway, my blond sailor") by Jakob Pfeil – a durable melody of the 1930s, published by West Ton Verlag (publisher affiliated with MdW).
Photo: Sophie (Birte Schnöink) and Georg (Ole Lagerpusch)
The champagne brand Rotkäppchen-Mumm will host the "Night of the Choirs" competition this year again. Music producer Dieter Falk will set up a new choir with applicants who are applying and coaches them. The goal is to make a real community out of 33 singers who have never sung together in just 24 hours. The choir, along with the three winning choirs, will perform together with successful musician Michael Patrick Kelly on November 30, 2019, singing his songs, among others
Lyrics and Music: Michael Patrick Kelly & Clayton Damoy Morrison
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Michael Patrick Kelly is godfather of the Rotkäppchen Night of the Choirs in 2019. The final concert will take place on the stage of the Lichthof of Rotkäppchen champaign factory in Freyburg (Unstrut).
The summer celebrity hype starts on 9th August 2019 again and Sat.1 launches a campaign before. You can see glittering game booths, rides and food stalls as well as dolls that may have something to do with the celebrities who will be in the Big Brother house this time. The spot is musically framed with the song "Moviestar" by Harpo (RAK Publ., London, sub-published by MdW).
The German version of the story of Leo, Jonas, Emma, Alex, Toni and Hugo touched an audience of millions. After the unique success of the German VOX series fans can now see them again in the cinema: In the film, which is based as well as the series on the experiences of Albert Espinosa, we learn what happened before the start of the first season.
Thoughtful, humorous and warm-hearted, the film tells the stories of the six main characters who end up in a great friendship: The RED BAND SOCIETY.
We are happy that our sub-publishing work VULTURES, interpreted by Jeremy Loops, was used in one scene (RAK Publ. among others).
ICARUS is a biopic about Mieczysław "Mietek" Kosz, a Polish jazz musician, who went blind at a very young age. Sadly, his brilliant career was cut short: tormented by demons and loneliness, Kosz died at the age of 29 in 1973.
The song HOTTA CHOCOLOTTA by Vic Mizzy and Milton Drake (subpublished by H/B Webman Co. / Musikverlag JOHANN MICHEL) will be played in four different scenes, sometimes on a harmonica, sometimes on the piano, always with great passion.
The film shall be released at the end of the year.
(C) Photo: Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe, Next Film, Sielsia Film, Canal+ Polska, Mazowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Poslki Instytut Sztuki Rimowei, Telewizja Polska
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the movie "Ghostbusters", PLAYMOBIL is releasing a remake of the intro featuring characters and original song for the cult series "The Real Ghostbusters" of 1986 in the Playmobil style. The series was based on the feature film original of 1984. The title song by Ray Parker Jr. (© Raydiola Music, sub-published by MELODIE DER WELT, and EMI) won a Grammy in 1985.einen Grammy.
Joel Zwick, director of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", is producer of a new comedy with a beautiful message about tolerance and love. The Stars in the movie include academy nominated actress Renee Taylor from the TV show "The Nanny", Emmy award winning Joseph Bologna and Lainie Kazan from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". TANGO SHALOM is about a Rabbi and amateur dancer who wants to save the Hebrew school of his community in Brooklyn from bankruptcy. For this purpose he thinks about to participate at a TV Tango contest with a beautiful female Tango Dancer. There is only one problem, due to his religious beliefs, he is not allowed to touch a woman. This puts him at odds with his wife, his family and the Grand Rabbi. The film is in the post-production now and will be released soon. The song PAPA CHAJES with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band (© Edition Essay, c/o MELODIE DER WELT) will be heard in it.
Internationally renowned director Fatih Akin will present his new film "The Golden Glove" at the Berlinale in February. It is a kind of horror film about the murderer Fritz Honka from the Hamburg redlight district in the 1970s. The Reeperbahn pub "The Golden Glove" plays a central role in the history and the jukebox plays songs from those years, such as our titles "The Heart of St. Pauli" (Michael Jary production, J. Michel) and "Black Madonna" (Melodie der Welt).
Two songs from affiliated publishers of MELODIE DER WELT are used in the film, which is based on Hape Kerkeling's eponymous autobiographical bestseller: TRIZONESIEN SONG (Karl Berbuer) and AM ROSENMONTAG BIN ICH GEBOREN (Charlie Niessen / Franz Rüger).
In his social media ad, McDonald's shows a member of the management team who praises an employee by singing "The Best" (Chapman / Knight) in a flash mob style, and says Thank You.
he German movie "Never Look Away" premiered in September 2018 as part of the 75th Venice International Film Festival. It was directed by Oscar® winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The song "A Thousand Mandolins Should Sound Today", published by MELODIE DER WELT, was written by the librettist Walter Brandin, with music by Willy Mattes and sung by Vico Torriani in 1954. It can be heard in four scenes. "Never Look Away" has been chosen as the German entry for the Academy Awards 2019 in the category "Best Foreign Language Film" and was released on October 3, 2018 in German cinemas.
"So much time" is a story set in the Ruhr area, its characters living by a loveable mixture of tough exterior and inner warmth. The movie is brutal, funny and sad at the same time. A movie with a popular cast consisting of Jan Josef Liefers, Jürgen Vogel, Matthias Bundschuh, Ritchie Müller and Armin Rohde, that has to maintain a delicate balance between fun and gravitas at all time. MAKE ME SMILE by Steve Harley (© 1975 by TRIGRAM, c/o RAK PUBLISHING Ltd., sub-publisher MELODIE DER WELT) describes Harley's feelings after the split of his band and fits in well with the concept of the film.
The song from the Kinder Riegel advertisement with the spot title "Quirks" is a cover version of "Everlasting Love". Ferrero tells different stories of the love relationship between Milky and Schoki for years already. This time it's about the little quirks that creep in with a couple over time.
By courtesy of Ferrero.
Sönke Wortmann shows in his remake of the French comedy two couples and one single who meet for what is supposed to become a cosy dinner-date. Thomas (Florian David Fitz) and his wife Elisabeth (Janina Uhse) are expecting a baby-boy, and, when he is pressed for their choice of name by his friend Stephan (Christoph Maria Herbst), Thomas announces, that their son will be called "Adolf". This gag sets in motion an evening rich of emotional discussion and in-fight. MAKE ME SMILE by Steve Harley (© 1975 by TRIGRAM, c/o RAK PUBLISHING Ltd., Subverlag MELODIE DER WELT) accompanies the last scene.
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