FICTION FACTORY is a Munich-based film production company specializing in documentaries and DVD/Blu-ray special features.
This website offers a complete chronological listing of every documentary produced by Fiction Factory since the start of the company in 2002, currently more than 200 titles. (Also included are earlier documentaries by Robert Fischer produced for German television in 1999-2000 and Fischer’s contributions to The Criterion Collection. Please note that most of the latter are produced and owned by Criterion.)
The DVD/Blu-ray section lists, in alphabetical order, every published DVD or blu-ray that contains bonus features produced by Fiction Factory and/or Robert Fischer, with currently over 350 entries from all over the world.
A search by director (either as subject or contributor) is possible either by clicking on a director’s name in the column on the right, or by using the search bar.
If you are looking for films, names or subjects NOT listed in our database, please contact us! We are constantly working on new productions, either shooting in Europe and the USA. We have also gained exclusive access to a large collection of archival interviews, and are in the process of making these available. See here for a selection of these mostly unedited and unpublished filmed interviews with directors, actors, film historians and other experts or crew members. Among the subjects covered are the films of Budd Boetticher, Edward Dmytryk, Federico Fellini, Richard Fleischer, Alfred Hitchcock, Jerry Lewis, Louis Malle, Otto Preminger, Francesco Rosi, Edgar G. Ulmer, Raoul Walsh, William A. Wellman, Fred Zinnemann and many others.
Wild Side | France | 28 June 2017
Contains the Fiction Factory bonus feature LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS: DON SIEGEL AND THE MAKING OF CHARLEY VARRICK (72 min).
Wild Side | France | 7 June 2017
Contains the Fiction Factory bonus feature MEANS OF SURVIVAL: CHRISTOPHER KNOPF ON ROBERT ALDRICH’S »EMPEROR OF THE NORTH« (29 min).
Arrow | USA | 23 May 2017
Contains the Fiction Factory bonus features SCENES FROM A PARALLEL LIFE: JACQUES RIVETTE REMEMBERS (1) (22 min), SCENES FROM A PARALLEL LIFE: JACQUES RIVETTE REMEMBERS (2) (28 min), and REMEMBERING »DUELLE«: BULLE OGIER AND HERMINE KARAGHEUZ (11 min).
BFI | UK | 22 May 2017
Contains the Fiction Factory bonus feature WORKING WITH MAX OPHULS: ALAIN JESSUA ON THE MAKING OF »MADAME DE…« ( 26 min).
Signal One | UK | 22 May 2017
Contains the Ficiton Factory bonus features THE WOMAN IS DANGEROUS: VANESSA WANGER HOPE ON JOAN BENNETT, WALTER WANGER AND FRITZ LANG (27 min) and THE BIGGEST GAME: JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK ON FRITZ LANG’S »MAN HUNT« AND HOLLYWOOD’S ANTI-NAZI FILMS (21 min).
Shout! Factory | USA | 16 May 2017
Contains the Ficiton Factory bonus feature RUMBLE ON THE LOT: WALTER HILL’S »STREETS OF FIRE« REVISITED (80 min).
The latest Fiction Factory documentary just finished production: THE BEAST INSIDE: CREATING »WOLF« is a 55-minute making-of featuring brand-new interviews with producer Douglas Wick, co-writer Wesley Strick and legendary special make up artist Rick Baker. WOLF (1994), directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer, is not so much a werewolf movie but a film about a normal guy’s coping with his animal nature: high-class entertainment, as funny as it is frightening. THE BEAST INSIDE will be featured on British boutique label Indicator’s dual format release of WOLF, due out within the next months.
John Huston’s sombre but compassionate boxing drama FAT CITY (1972) is a criminally-underseen late-career masterpiece from the great director. Peppered with outstanding performances, this gritty yet affectionate look at the world of small-time boxing highlights a down-and-out fighter (Stacy Keach) and a young up-and-comer (Jeff Bridges), both moving through a world of seedy gyms and flop houses. The new Fiction Factory documentary SUCKER PUNCH BLUES: A LOOK BACK ON JOHN HUSTON’S »FAT CITY«, featuring interviews with actors Keach and Candy Clark, casting director Fred Roos and assistant cameraman Gary Vidor, chronicles the making of this modern classic and will first be available on British boutique label Indicator’s dual-format release of the film in late March.
In January, Fiction Factory head Robert Fischer reconnected with John Moulder-Brown to shoot interviews on two more of the actor’s films from the early 1970s. Having discussed Jerzy Skolimowski’s DEEP END (see here) and Maximilian Schell’s FIRST LOVE in 2011, they now sat down to talk about Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s cult classic THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (La Residencia, 1970) and Luchino Visconti’s lush and masterful historical drama LUDWIG (1973). Moulder-Brown was happy to go back in time and share his memories about creating these truly enigmatic characters, and the two interviews (with a running time between 20 and 25 minutes each) will soon become available for international DVD and blu-ray releases.
Lilli Palmer and John Moulder-Brown in Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (La Residencia)
Helmut Berger and John Moulder-Brown in Luchino Visconti’s LUDWIG
In Fiction Factory’s brand-new interview feature THE WOMAN IS DANGEROUS, filmmaker Vanessa Wanger Hope talks passionately about her grandparents — Hollywood star Joan Bennett and producer Walter Wanger — and the pair’s collaboration with director Fritz Lang on no less than four films: MAN HUNT (1941), THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944), SCARLET STREET (1945) and SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR (1947), the latter two produced by Diana Productions, a company founded and run by the star/producer/director trio. But the main focus here is on Joan Bennett’s life and career and on MAN HUNT, which will come out on blu-ray in the UK early next year, with THE WOMAN IS DANGEROUS included as an extra feature!
Here at Fiction Factory we just finished editing on RUNNING IN THE DARK, in which film scholar Glenn Erickson tells the fascinating story behind Jules Dassin’s noir masterpiece NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950), starring Richard Widmark as an American low-life racketeer literally running out of luck in London. Watch out for this 42-minute documentary on an upcoming blu-ray of NIGHT AND THE CITY.
British cult actress Judy Geeson (TO SIR WITH LOVE, BERSERK, DOOMWATCH) recently met with Robert Fischer in Los Angeles to reminisce about Richard Fleischer’s true-crime drama 10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971), in which she plays John Hurt’s wife and is — spoiler alert! — famously killed by none other than Britain’s notorious serial killer John Christie (Richard Attenborough). The 22-minute documentary, BEING BERYL: JUDY GEESON ON RICHARD FLEISCHER’S 10 RILLINGTON PLACE, will first appear as a bonus feature on Paris-based Carlotta Film’s DVD and blu-ray editions of Fleischer’s film later this year.
Joseph Wambaugh wrote his first novel »The New Centurions« while still active as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, and his fact-based, painfully realistic book became a nation-wide bestseller when it came out in 1971. Replacing heroic cops with struggling, psychologically damaged characters, Wambaugh changed crime literature forever. Richard Fleischer’s filming of Wambaugh’s novel, also called THE NEW CENTURIONS, followed a year later and, in turn, revolutionized crime movies. Now, 45 years later, the Fiction Factory documentary COP STORIES: THE MAKING OF RICHARD FLEISCHER’S THE NEW CENTURIONS, featuring new filmed interviews with writer Joseph Wambaugh, star Stacy Keach, technical advisor Richard E. Kalk (Wambaugh’s real-life LAPD partner) and assistant cameraman Ronald Vidor, chronicles the production of that landmark film in all its stages from script to screen. The 45-minute documentary will be avilable later this year.
In the works at Fiction Factory is a 20-minute documentary on Guy Green’s controversial 1968 film THE MAGUS, adapted from the bestselling John Fowles novel by the author himself and starring Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Candice Bergen and Anna Karina. In the documentary, ENCHANTED ISLAND: MICHAEL GREEN ON GUY GREEN AND THE FILMING OF THE MAGUS, it is the director’s son who takes us back to the summer of 1967 and gives a first-hand account of how the Spanish island of Mallorca and its gorgeous beaches stood in for the fictitious Greek isle described in Fowles’ novel.