He was considered a declared rebel among German directors. He mainly produced his films for television.

Filmmaker Klaus Lemke is dead. He died at the age of 81, as ZDF confirmed on Friday. Several media had previously reported about it.

“Again, a great man of German film has left the stage,” wrote the Munich artist Flatz, who was a friend of Lemke and worked with him, the German Press Agency. “He will be missed.”

Lemke was considered a declared rebel among German directors, he rebelled against the cinematic mainstream. Most recently, he appeared at the Munich Film Festival at the end of June – physically already visibly battered. He could no longer walk well, he said at the time and held up a sign: “Art comes from kissing”.

Even with his first films, which were mainly produced for television, such as “Brandstifter” (1969) or “Rocker” (1972), Lemke focused the spotlight on the dark side of society. With films like “Idole” or “Amore” studies mainly followed the Schwabing scene.