Gunter Sachs – A Master in the Art of Living

Saturday, 29.03.2014 at 12.25 pm on Arte (repeat)

Gunter Sachs was considered to be the last great playboy – a man who loved women, and who was loved by them. He was a man who just had to be happy, because he had everything. Yet on 6 May 2011, a shot rang out in his chalet in Gstaad; Gunter Sachs had chosen to end his own life.

Over the past 20 years, the journalist Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns met up with the artist and industrialist heir Gunter Sachs on may occasions. In any event, they trusted each other. The journalist was severely shaken by his friend’s suicide. What was unknown about Gunter Sachs? What did he keep to himself?

Two years after Sachs’s death, the author sets out in search of clues. He talks to his widow Mirja Sachs, his sons Rolf, Gunnar and Halifax Sachs in St. Tropez, St. Moritz, Zürich and Munich. Sachs’s closest friends describe their colourful experiences with Sachs, and their grief. The dialogues revolve around the depths and the limits of human existence. The conversations bring to light the “man” Gunter Sachs beyond the playboy clichés, painting the posthumous picture of a man who was far more multifaceted than has previously been depicted in the media. Gunter Sachs, a man who was full of esprit – but also full of melancholia.