Year
2012
Length
1 x 52'
Genre
Biography
Format
16:9 HDTV
Director
Matthias Schmidt
Broadcaster
ZDFKultur / arte
TOO young TO DIE
Sharon Tate - Das Ende der Unschuld

Quiet and secluded, far away from the noisy, hectic Los Angeles, in the middle of the Beverly Hills Canyons, lies the estate of actress Sharon Tate. Here she wants to raise the child she is expecting from her husband, Roman Polanski. Sharon is eight months pregnant and misses Roman, who has yet to finish a film in Europe. She will never see him again, because on 9 August 1969, 26-year-old Sharon and her unborn child are killed by 16 stab wounds. The perpetrators: Satanists led by the self-proclaimed guru Charles Manson.

The heinous murders of Sharon Tate, her child and friends present not only send the Hollywood community into a state of shock, they also mean the abrupt end of the carefree "Sixties". Thus, the film is not only an intimate portrait of the actress Sharon Tate, who came from a sheltered background, but also sheds light on the zeitgeist of that hippie era. Film clips from Sharon Tate's films as well as interviews with contemporary witnesses such as Roman Polanski, her fellow actors and directors and above all with Sharon's sister Debra Ann Tate paint a very personal picture of the icon of the 60s.

First broadcast: Sat., 4 August 2012, 9:15pm, ARTE.

TOO young TO DIE: Sharon Tate - The End of Innocence

Quiet and secluded, far away from the noisy, hectic Los Angeles, in the middle of the Beverly Hills Canyons, lies the estate of actress Sharon Tate. Here she wants to raise the child she is expecting from her husband, Roman Polanski. Sharon is eight months pregnant and misses Roman, who has yet to finish a film in Europe. She will never see him again, because on 9 August 1969, 26-year-old Sharon and her unborn child are killed by 16 stab wounds. The perpetrators: Satanists led by the self-proclaimed guru Charles Manson.

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