The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money

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The film is hosted by Hollywood star Dennis Hopper and is directed by Hermann Vaske. Shot in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Hopper delivers a powerful performance. Arty as you’ve never seen him before, he puts advertising into perspective of popular culture at the end of the 20th century. Spitting colour, laughing his head off, destroying books, Dennis Hopper sends Hermann Vaske on a mission to talk to the greatest ad men, directors and artists to find out about the crossover between various creative disciplines. In a visually dazzling, wickedly funny slam of creativity and media obsession, Hermann conducts unconventional kinds of interviews.

Featuring Joe Pytka, David Bowie, Tony Scott, Spike Lee, Mark Williams, Paul Arden, Harvey Keitel, Dave Stewart and many others.


Left: Director Tony Scott (“True Romance“) in his Santa Monica office in 1995
Right: German director Wim Wenders in “The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money”

Project Credits

A Hermann Vaske Film

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

Dennis Hopper
Hermann Vaske
Hermann Vaske, Dave Trott
Executive Producer:
Christian Leonhardt, Stefan Jung, Ralf Drechsler, Stefan Jonas
Hermann Vaske, Charles V. Bender
Nick Manley
Malcolm McLaren
Nicky Ager, Martyn Gould, Jörg Kessel

Germany/ France 1996, 149 min.

Hermann Vaske Filmography