I stumbled across Der Letzte Cowboy der Nation when I was trying to find out more about Spreepark Plänterwald and why this once prosperous theme park in Berlin lies abandoned.
The flashing imagery and chaotic cutting of this short documentary are ideally suited to the extraordinary story of Norbert Witte’s fall from charismatic fun park owner to convicted drug smuggler.
Der Letzte Cowboy der Nation
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/3235699 w=500&h=375]
For those wanting to know more of the intriguing story from the Witte family’s viewpoint, a longer documentary, Achterbahn is available on DVD.
I have previously written about my tour of Spreepark Plänterwald, with photos of the now abandoned theme park.