Bavaria Film in München

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The Bavaria Film in Geiselgasteig, a district of Munich's suburb Grünwald, Bavaria belongs to one of Europe's biggest and most famous film production companies.


The studios were founded already in 1919 by the film producer Peter Ostermayr, who established the Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG (Emelka) in competition to the UFA and acquired a large estate (ca. 356.000 m²) in Geiselgasteig for the studios. In 1932 the major shareholder Wilhelm Kraus founded the Bavaria Film. In 1938 the Bavaria Film was nationalised but privatised again in 1956.

Films shot at Bavaria Film Studios

Alfred Hitchcock made his first film, The Pleasure Garden, in Geiselgasteig in 1925. The studios have been used by numerous famous directors, such as Max Ophüls (Lola Montez, 1954), Stanley Kubrick (Paths of Glory, 1957), John Huston (', 1960), Robert Siodmak (L'Affaire Nina B, 1960), Billy Wilder (One, Two, Three, 1961), John Sturges (The Great Escape, 1963), Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, 1965), Mel Stuart (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, (1971), Bob Fosse (Cabaret, 1972), Ingmar Bergman (The Serpent's Egg, 1977), Robert Aldrich (Twilight's Last Gleaming, 1977), Wolfgang Petersen (Enemy Mine, 1985), Claude Chabrol and Wim Wenders.

The Studios in Geiselgasteig are the reason why Munich has become a famous site of crime in TV fiction (in opposite to real life), with detectives like Derrick, The Old Fox, and Der Kommissar investigating. Also Monty Python worked in Geiselgasteig in 1971 and 1972 for Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus, the specials for German and Austrian television.

The Bavaria Film GmbH is a film production company well known for their television films, such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) and Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot (1981), both also shown theatrically.

Other production companies have produced films in the Bavaria studios, including Constantin Film, for Petersen's The Neverending Story (1984) and Tom Tykwer's ' (2006).

Bavaria Film Tour

The Bavaria Film Tour is an attraction offered for tourists. Visitors taking the tour see sets and props from The Neverending Story, Das Boot, Marienhof, and many more.

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