Must I Write?

“Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke, starring Dennis Hopper


Hollywood legend Dennis Hopper in “Must I Write?”


The film features Hermann’s latest collaboration with actor Dennis Hopper: Dennis Hopper reads “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke. A unique document of a great poet’s emotional credo for creativity read by a legendary actor.


Left: Hermann and Dennis on set
Right: Dennis Hopper during the shoot in London

For Dennis, Rilke’s “Letters to A Young Poet” is one of the most inspirational books ever written and one of the reasons why he became an artist.

“Must I Write?”, which contains extraordinary projections, is Hermann’s first collaboration with cinematographer Rain Li who has worked with directors like Jim Jarmusch and Gus van Sant.


Left: Rain Li, Dennis and Hermann on set
Right: DoP Rain Li, actor Dennis Hopper and director Hermann Vaske after the shoot

Project Credits

A Hermann Vaske Film

Produced by Hermann Vaske’s Emotional Network in cooperation with ZDF/ARTE

Director and Writer:
Hermann Vaske
Director and Writer:
Hermann Vaske
Commissioning Editors:
Kathrin Brinkmann, Sabine Bubeck-Paaz
Hermann Vaske
Supervising Producer:
Gareth Evans
Production Coordinator:
Carsten Jaeger
Director of Photography:
Rain Li
John Rosser
Production Assistants:
Tami Sidi, Robbie McHugh, Max Burton, Timo Breidenbruch

Germany 2007, 60 min.

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