Producer
Director
Jobst Knigge
Producer
16:9 HDTV
Genre
Doku-Reihe
Broadcaster
arte
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2015
TOO young TO DIE
Falco

He was Austria's biggest pop star, one of the most important European musicians of his time, many say: the first white rapper. Falco was an absolute superstar and achieved world fame with his hit Rock Me Amadeus. Falco's cultural legacy is more influential than that of any other German-speaking singer. His intelligent, often sarcastic lyrics are entrenched in the collective cultural memory. And his commercial success is also unique in the German-speaking world.

The young Hans Hölzel, as the later pop star's civil name is, comes from a working-class district of Vienna and takes his first musical steps as a bass player in various bands. He develops the art figure "Falco" and is discovered when he performs his first own song Ganz Wien as an intermission programme.

From then on, the hits followed each other, crowned by Rock Me Amadeus at the top of the US Billboard Charts - to this day the only German-language title ever to have achieved this. But fame comes at a price. Cocaine and alcohol destroy every one of Falco's relationships, private and professional. Soon hardly anyone wants to work with him. His career is in a dead end, several comeback attempts fail. Falco is just 40 years old and drunk as a skunk when he crashes his car into a bus in 1998.

In the documentary "TOO young TO DIE: Falco - Dying to Live", friends and companions such as Falco's manager Horst Bork or the Dutch producer Ferdi Bolland tell stories of everyday life and work with the eccentric artist. Even the woman who thought Falco was her father for seven years tells of the not always easy life as the daughter of the capricious pop star. Private video recordings by Falco's friend Conny de Beauclair provide a glimpse behind the scenes.

TOO young TO DIE: Falco

He was Austria's biggest pop star, one of the most important European musicians of his time, many say: the first white rapper. Falco was an absolute superstar and achieved world fame with his hit Rock Me Amadeus. Falco's cultural legacy is more influential than that of any other German-speaking singer. His intelligent, often sarcastic lyrics are entrenched in the collective cultural memory. And his commercial success is also unique in the German-speaking world.

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