Duration: 83 min.
Director / writer: Philipp Clarin
Director of photography: Oliver Tataru
Editor: Thomas Kohler
Composer: Wolfram de Marco
Sound: Dominique Siemens
Production design: Cinzia Fossati
Costume design: Christina Vogel
Producer: DAvid Lindner Leporda
Production company: Filmallee
Co-producers: Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischrer Rundfunk, HFF München
Funding: FFF- Bayern
Production country: Germany
In 1939, the National Socialists founded an elite boarding school for music at the personal wish of Hitler himself. This would be where the most talented boys in the Greater German Reich would be brought up and trained to become the leading musicians of the future Germany.
But instead of raising the boys to also become proper Nazis, the school’s headmaster, Kurt Thomas, feels more obliged to church music and humanistic culture than to the strict marches and the blood and soil ideology of the Third Reich – and thus, at the “Musische Gymnasium” a dangerous and tricky balancing act between the poles of educational responsibility, artistic freedom and political doctrine takes its course.
“Sons of the Muse“ recounts a fascinating microcosm and, with a wealth of archive material, tells a complex and gripping story from the times of the Third Reich.