1937 : La Fin de l'innocence

  • 1937 - Als die Welt noch zu retten war / 1937 - The Last Year of Innocence (Working title)
All titles (3)
Documentary (Mini Series) | 2016-2017 | arte, ZDF [de] | History | Germany

Shooting data

Number of shooting days12
LocationsGuernika, Madrid, Paris

Project data

Film financing
Length of movie90 / 2x52

    Brief synopsis

    1937, the world stood at the edge of an abyss. The German involvement in the Spanish Civil War turned it into a 'dress-rehearsal' for the Second World War. A young Harvard student got prepared for a trip to Europe in his convertible car: John F. Kennedy, not knowing that this journey was going to bring about essential changes in his life. Whereas, another US citizen was already active in Spain: Ernest Hemingway was seeking out opportunities for adventure as a war correspondent. The preparations for the World Exhibition in Paris were reaching the final phase, as Russia and Germany justle for the largest pavilion. The Spaniard Pablo Picasso, later to become one of the greatest artists of the 20th century had agreed to paint the centerpiece for the Spanish Pavilion at the World Fair. He decided to paint his first political work: Guernica.

    The film takes us on an entertaining journey through 1937 and focuses on young JFK’s journey around Europe, and on Hemingway and Picasso. Three people whose lives were about to change dramatically in the year 1937...

    (Source: Albatross World Sales GmbH)


    Director of photographyConrad LobstARTE
    DirectorHeike Bittner
    EditorRichard Krause
    ComposerFranziska Henke
    OrchestratorAnna Kühlein
    ProducerCéline Deligny
    Unit production managerAnja Klisch
    Unit managerDoris Offermann
    ScreenwriterAndreas J. Wimmer
    Transcript translationStefan Walter
    Production sound mixerChristian Carl
    Sound re-recording mixerAlexander Weuffen
    Sound designerAlexander Weuffen

    Distributing companies

    Albatross World Sales GmbH


    Cameras and UtilitiesLudwig Kameraverleih GmbH


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Franziska Henke2018Jerry Goldsmith Awards [es]Best Score for a DocumentaryNominated


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    First showingGermanyarteWednesday, 13/12/2017