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Christiane F. (born Christiane Vera Felscherinow on May 20, 1962) is a former heroin addict famous for her contribution to the autobiographical book Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, and the film based on the book, which describes her struggle with various forms of drug addiction during her teens. Bahnhof Zoo in the film Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is a 1981 German film directed by Uli Edel, based on the book about the life of Christiane F.. The soundtrack album Christiane F. by David Bowie, was released in 1981. ... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Heroin (INN: diacetylmorphine, BAN: diamorphine) is a semi-synthetic opioid synthesized from morphine, a derivative of the opium poppy. ... For music albums named Autobiography, see Greek eauton = self, bios = life and graphein = write) is a form of biography, the writing of a life story. ... Bahnhof Zoo in the film Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is a 1981 German film directed by Uli Edel, based on the book about the life of Christiane F.. The soundtrack album Christiane F. by David Bowie, was released in 1981. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ...

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Early life

Christiane was born in Hamburg, but her family moved to West Berlin when she was a child. They settled in Gropiusstadt, a neighborhood in Neukölln consisting mainly of high-rise concrete apartment blocks where social problems were prevalent. Christiane's father was a violent man who drank heavily and raged at his family, and her parents eventually divorced. When she was 12 years old, she began smoking hashish with a group of friends who were slightly older, at a local youth club. They gradually began experimenting with stronger drugs, such as LSD and various forms of pills, and she ended up trying heroin. By the time she was 14, she was a junkie and prostitute, mainly at the then-largest train station of West Berlin, Bahnhof Zoo. Here she became part of a notorious group of teen aged drug-users and prostitutes (of both sexes). For other uses, see Hamburg (disambiguation). ... Boroughs of West Berlin West Berlin was the name given to the western part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990. ... The location of Neukölln in Berlin. ... High-rise is a 1975 novel by J. G. Ballard. ... Hashish Hashish (from Arabic: , lit. ... Look up junkie, junky in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... The Bahnhof Zoo in 2004 U-Bahn station (U9) The Bahnhof Zoo (the official name is Berlin Zoologischer Garten) was the central traffic point in West Berlin during the citys political division and is still a train station in Berlin. ... Teen redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The making of Christiane F.

The book

Two journalists from the news magazine Stern, Kai Herrmann and Horst Rieck, met Christiane in 1978 in Berlin when she was a witness in a trial against a man who paid under aged girls with heroin in return for sex. The journalists wanted to disclose the drug problem among teenagers in Berlin, which was severe but also surrounded by strong taboos. They arranged a two-hour interview with Christiane. The two hours ended up being two months, where Christiane provided an in-depth description of a life with drugs and prostitution that she and other teenagers in West Berlin experienced in the 1970s. The journalists subsequently ran a series of articles about her addiction in Stern, based on tape recorded interviews with Christiane. A newsmagazine, sometimes called news magazine, is a usually weekly magazine featuring articles on current events. ... Stern (English Star) is a weekly news magazine published in Germany. ...


The interviews were extensive, and the Stern publishing house eventually decided to publish the successful book Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo in 1979. The book chronicles her life from 1975 to 1978, when she was aged 12-15. The narrative of the book is in the first person, from Christiane's viewpoint, but was written by the journalists functioning as ghostwriters.[1] Others, such as Christiane's mother, and various people who witnessed the escalating drug situation in Berlin at the time, also contributed to the book. It depicts several of Christiane's friends along with other drug addicts, as well as scenes from typical locations of the drug scene in Berlin. A narrative is a construct created in a suitable medium (speech, writing, images) that describes a sequence of fictional or non-fictional events. ... First-person narrative is a literary technique in which the story is narrated by one character, who explicitly refers to him or herself in the first person, that is, I. the narrator is a fool putting his nose into the storytelling exercise. ... // literature]] and storytelling, a point of view is the related experience of the narrator — notTexts encourage the reader to identify with the narrator, not with the author. ... For other uses, see Ghostwriter (disambiguation). ...


The film

In 1981, the story was made into a film directed by Uli Edel and produced by Bernd Eichinger and Hans Weth. Its title in Germany was Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, and in English-speaking countries Christiane F. The screenplay was written by Herman Weigel. Christiane worked as an advisor for the film, but did not appear in it herself. Much of movie is shot in the authentic gloomy surroundings of Gropiusstadt and Bahnhof Zoo. David Bowie, Christiane's favorite singer at the time of the story, appears as himself in a concert. Bowie also provided the music in the movie, released on the 1981 soundtrack album Christiane F. Uli Edel (born April 11, 1947 in Neuenburg, Germany), German film director. ... Bernd Eichinger (born 11 April 1949) is a German film producer and director. ... Bahnhof Zoo in the film Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is a 1981 German film directed by Uli Edel, based on the book about the life of Christiane F.. The soundtrack album Christiane F. by David Bowie, was released in 1981. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Herman Weigel (* 22 Mar 1959 in Moers) is a German film producer and script writer. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... Christiane F. is a soundtrack album by David Bowie, released in 1981 for the movie about Christiane F. The title, Christiane F., Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Zoo, means We children of Zoo Station in Berlin, Germany. ...


After Christiane F.

After the initial success of the book and the film, Christiane found herself becoming something of a celebrity. A subculture of teenage girls in Germany began to emulate her style of dress as well as making visits to the Bahnhof Zoo station, which became an unlikely tourist attraction. This surprised experts on youth drug abuse, who feared that despite the film's bleakness and the many sordid scenes (particularly those portraying the horrific realities of cold turkey), vulnerable youths may have regarded Christiane as a cult heroine and role model. The book sold so well - it was translated into most major West European languages - that Christiane remains able to support herself from the royalties. In the early 1980's Christiane released several records in collaboration with her then boyfriend Alexander Hacke, with whom she also appeared in the 1983 German film Decoder. She later lived in the US and in Greece, before returning to Germany in 1993. She continued to struggle with drug addiction, however, and in 1994 enrolled in a methadone programme: treatment she has subsequently returned to when necessary. Christiane still receives fan-mail and is occasionally contacted by the German media, wanting to know how she is doing after all these years. As of 2008, she lives in a small apartment near Berlin with her son (born 1996). An animal-lover since early childhood, she is a keen equestrian. [2]. The Bahnhof Zoo in 2004 The Bahnhof Zoo around 1981 U-Bahn station (U9) The Bahnhof Zoo (the official name is Berlin Zoologischer Garten) was the central traffic point in West Berlin during the citys political division and is still a train station in Berlin. ... Cold turkey is a slang expression describing the actions of a person who gives up a habit or addiction all at once. ... Alexander Hacke (also known as Alexander von Borsig, Alex Hacke, Hacke, born October 11, 1965 in Berlin/Neukölln) is a guitarist, bass-guitar player, singer, experimental / industrial / electronic musician from Germany. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... Methadone (Dolophine, Amidone, Methadose, Physeptone, Heptadon and many others) is a synthetic opioid, used medically as an analgesic, antitussive and a maintenance anti-addictive for use in patients on opioids. ... Look up equestrian in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Discography

  • "Wunderbar"(1982)
  • "Gesundheit!" (12"), Posh Boy (1982)
  • "CHRISTIANA - Final Church" (Maxi-single, 1982)
  • "Wunderbar / Health Dub" (12"), Playhouse (2003)

References

  1. ^ TIME magazine article from 1981 about the success of the book and film in Germany
  2. ^ German article from 2007 about Christiane based on an interview

External links

  • Christiane f.: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo - the first Christiane F. page on the net
  • Christiane F. at Discogs

 
 

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