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Ruhr Region's own Laurel & Hardy

[Translate to Englisch:] © Holger Ehrich

For about 25 years, the US comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy produced silent and short films. The German and female equivalent were the slapstick comediennes Lola Laubenkötter and Louise Steinbrecher alias Lola & Louise, who were celebrated publicly and in the press in the 1920s. Their international breakthrough failed however by the financial ineptitude of the aspiring film mogul Hans Swoboda who lost the studio’s capital in dubious telephone shares from the German Post. These events are portrayed by the director Holger Ehrich and his team in the form of a documentary short film. For its realisation, a search for sources will take place in Bochum, the silent film metropole of the time, complemented by restored film fragments and interviews with film historians. We look forward to the premiere!