Cult Night


After the seminars, premieres and panel discussions have given us a vision of great things to come, we are once again in 2004 pleased to present, in cooperation with Kabel 1, an evening where favorite classics and highlights from the past take center stage. While in previous years this slot was devoted to »Kult« TV series’ like BELPHÉGOR, THE MONKEES, THE AVENGERS and MOONLIGHTING, this year it is our special pleasure to welcome – very much alive and as successful as ever – a guest who for generations has supplied both the big and the small screen with the stuff that »Kult« is made of. The »Kultnacht« 2004 is devoted to Lalo Schifrin, a man who’s work has repeatedly made film and television history. The word »Kult«, however, can only vaguely suggest how deeply Schifrin has written himself into the popular cultural consciousness over the past decades.

Due to him, jazz and funk have become generally accept able in film soundtracks, and the perfect symbiosis of various stylistic elements and genres has remained his trademark to this day. From the suspense-skyrocket MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE to Jackie Chan’s Hong Kongmeets- LA series RUSH HOUR, Schifrin can now look back on an exceptional career spanning almost 50 years. In a live discussion Mario Lauer will »talk shop« with Lalo Schifrin, revisiting with the composer the most important stations of his career.

It is guaranteed to be an exciting and illuminating evening: After all, having worked with George Lucas, Don Siegel, Peter Yates, Carlos Saura, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others, it’s no surprise that Lalo Schifrin is known as a living chronicle of Hollywood. In conversation with Lalo Schifrin is Mario Lauer, a musician, arranger, film music composer, conductor and producer. From 1996 to 2004 as Chief Commissioning Editor of the ZDF Film Music Department he was responsible for compositions and pre-recorded music for over 200 fiction productions, liaising with directors, producers, composers and the music industry. The Cologne Conference and Kabel 1 would like to thank the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn.