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Schramm - Barrel Entertainment Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Mayo   
Sunday, 20 January 2008

Directed by: Jörg Buttgereit
Written by: Jörg Buttgereit, Franz Rodenkirchen
Produced by: Manfred O. Jelinski
Cinematography by: Manfred O. Jelinski
Editing by: Jörg Buttgereit, Manfred O. Jelinski, Franz Rodenkirchen
Music by: Max Müller, Gundula Schmitz
Cast: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Monika M.
Year: 1993
Country: Germany
Language: German (English Subtitles)
Color: Color
Runtime: 65 Minutes

Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame 1.35:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Distributor: Barrel Entertainment

Schramm is the story of the final days of taxi driving serial killer, Lothar Schramm (Florian Koerner von Gustorf).  The film begins with its ending.  A newspaper article paints the screen with a picture and the subtitle “Lonesome death of Lipstick-Killer.”  After the title sequence, Lothar is already on the floor leaking blood.  He has already committed the murder of two door to door bible-thumpers in his apartment.  The walls were sprayed with blood.  Equipped with an unsteady stepladder, Lothar decided to cover his crime with white paint.  However, he was distracted by thoughts of previous bad behavior and crashes to the floor, artistically splattering paint and (his own) blood upon it.

Lothar Schramm, is a lonesome cab driver, who wants nothing more than the love and adoration of his sexy prostitute next door neighbor, Marianne (Monika M., Nekromantik 2).  They reside next door to one another in an apartment complex where Schramm sits on his bed and listens while Marianne has sex with strange men in her flat, from behind the wall.  When this occurs he has ready a blowup doll (torso) in which he fucks while thinking of the lovely Marianne.  This particular sequence is rather depressing.  It follows Schramm into the bathroom after he finishes his orgasmic quest, utterly dejected, while he washes out the plastic pussy in the tub.

What differentiates the lovely Marianne from Lothar’s victims and other women is the fact that she confides in him, which he absolutely welcomes.  One day she is proposed a job outside the comforts of her apartment, at a nearby mansion.  She asks Lothar to accompany her for security and piece of mind.  Of course he does so.  This woman is the only thing Lothar cherishes in his forlorn life.

Another time she accepts a dinner engagement with him.  The viewer gets the deep feeling that Lothar wants more to this relationship, but it seems Marianne doesn’t see the signals.  Once back to his apartment for some night caps, he tells her an innermost secret in which to gauge her reaction, or compassion.  When she simply dismisses his story, he leaves to acquire them both another Cognac.  Schramm returns to the room with her drink drugged.  Once asleep he disrobes her, but is unable to harm her like his past victims.  He masturbates, comments profanely about her profession, and ends the evening.  Tortured by the possibility of murdering the love of his life he punishes himself by nailing his penis to a chair, in a scene that has and will live in infamy.

Additionally Schramm often has dreams where he wakes up covered in blood with his leg amputated.  At other times, he wears a prosthetic leg, or a leg brace.  This shows his inner mind where he feels incomplete without Marianne.  A dental hallucination also appears where the dentist not only removes a tooth but an eyeball.  Additionally, a fuzzy vagina-monster haunts him, symbolizing disgust with his sexuality and unease towards sexuality and women or the sexuality towards the woman he loves; Marianne.  Lothar Schramm is a tortured soul.

If there was ever a master at his craft, Jörg Buttgereit would be in the front line.  His catalog of films speaks for itself.  Schramm is no exception. Buttgereit takes the serial killer genre, and breaks it open into something no filmmaker has ever accomplished as successfully; the entering of the mind of a mass murderer.  Due to this, not much emphasis is illustrated on the killer’s actually killings, but rather his inner torment, and thought processes.

Schramm follows a non-linear structure which superbly complements its visual style and storyline.  Many scenes are repeated throughout.  This combined with hallucinatory footage produces a perfect chaotic environment in which a serial killers mind must reside.  For this budget range, there is no holding back as far as creative cinematography goes.  Many sequences in this grim film are shot beautifully.  Several scenes involve very innovative ways of capturing a shot, which include a slowly rotating scene.

I honestly can’t find anything lackluster about this film (or DVD presentation for that matter.)  Schramm portrays stellar acting between the stunning Monika M., and rather vicious and sympathetic Florian Koerner.  The cast and crew all do a great job with the film.  With Jörg Buttgereit’s unparalleled talent, he definitely needs to make another film.  Lexx just doesn’t cut it.  If you have read this review and you still haven’t seen the film, what are you waiting for?  The Barrel Entertainment DVD is still available online.



- English Commentary: Jörg Buttgereit & Franz Rodenkirchen
- English Commentary: Florian Koerner von Gustorf & Monika M.
- Making of Schramm
- Short: Captain Berlin
- Short: Mein Papa
- Music Video, Making of: Mutter “Die Neue Zeit”
- “Mutter Boxing”
- Photo Gallery
- Trailers: Schramm, Nekromantik (Original Version), Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Nekromantik 2
- Easter Egg: 4 Minute BBC special banned before airing

Barrel Entertainment provides a colossal unsurpassed quantity of supplements to accompany Schramm.  We begin with two English commentaries. The first is by director Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen. The second is recorded by the stars of the feature, Florian Koerner von Gustorf & Monika M. Both commentaries are highly entertaining so it is hard to choose a definitive one to listen to. It is cool to hear everyone joke openly about certain intimate and disturbing situations during their viewing of the film. Following is a 35-minute ‘Making of’ Schramm where we get a perfectly in depth “behind the scenes”, from makeup effects techniques to crew interviews. Captain Berlin is an early 10-minute JB short about a superhero wearing a Spider-man mask and yellow tights who must save the world and a Miss. Priscilla from the evil Mr. Sint. This is an extremely cheesy amateur film. It is interesting to see how he came from making such cheesy material, into such serious and threatening topics as necrophilia. Mein Papa is a 7-minute personal tribute to Buttgereit’s father who died of a heart attack in 1993 at the early age of 47. Following this is a video and “making of” filmed by Jörg Buttgereit for the band Mutter, in which the star of Schramm is the drummer. “Mutter Boxing” is a boxing match publicity stunt between by Florian Koerner von Gustorf and another band member. Jörg Buttgereit is the announcer. There is also a massive animated intimate behind the scenes photo gallery, as well as other photos. To round off the extras are trailers for other fantastic Jörg Buttgereit films, and an easter egg that isn’t hard to find.

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I am dying to see this film and can't find it
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