Romy – Portrait eines Gesichts (Romy: Anatomy of a Face). 1967. West Germany. Written and directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. With Romy Schneider, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Jean Chapot, Michel Piccoli. In German, French; English subtitles. 59 min.
Made for German television, this early work by Syberberg (Hitler: A Film from Germany) is a cinéma-vérité portrait of Romy Schneider, a teen star turned international sex symbol whose composed exterior concealed deep scars. Though Syberberg had not yet found his mature, epic style, he had already begun his investigation of German culture through its popular mythology, and the unhappy Schneider is a potent symbol of emotional contradiction, at once distant and childishly sentimental. Restored by the Munich Film Museum.