Documentary | Helene Maimann | 2010
He was an Austrian politician, the kind that comes once a century. And
in January 2011 he would have been a century old. "Bruno Kreisky.
Politics and Passion" is the portrait of a man who loved politics with a
passion; for him, politics was life itself.
It was utterly
extraordinary that Kreisky, a social Democrat from a middle-class Jewish
family in Vienna, should rise to the position of Austrian Foreign
Minister and then Chancellor, and be elected three times with an
absolute majority. During the 1970s half the world was fascinated by
this fact. He was a reformer, a media genius, a great rhetorician and
an internationalist who turned his country into a bridge between East
and West and made huge efforts to secure a peaceful resolution to the
conflict in the Middle East.
The film "Bruno Kreisky. Politics
and Passion" shows Kreisky in five key situations during his political
life but also reveals the private man. There are also comments from
several prominent contemporaries and companions, including Henry
Kissinger, former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Austrian President
Heinz Fischer, the industrialist Hannes Androsch, the artist André
Heller and the journalist Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi.