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Rainer was writing a new play, Preparadise Sorry Now, with Willi making contributions along the way. Then we moved from Nordliche Auffahrtsallee, which was becoming too cramped for us, to Stollbergstrasse in the center of town. For the first time we became a large commune. There were Rainer, Willi, Gottfried Hungsberg, Ingrid Caven -who was living with Gottfried at the time - and myself. Irm did not move in with us. I honestly don't know why. And now you began making movies as well. Was it Love Is Colder Than Death?
But you never spoke to each other? No, we did our thing and handed in the papers. Then we began talking. He came home with me because he had no place to stay. And somehow he entered my life. From then on he simply hung around. What can I say? Just imagine two young men meeting during exams and somehow staying together all those years. In retrospect, it seems logical enough to me. We told each other what we were planning to do in the future, the kind of films we wanted to make, the world we wanted to create.
I was amazed. I couldn't imagine Rainer liking this kind of thing. In those days, I considered him a rebel, a guy in search of something new. Strange, how all the switches had already been set. It's possible that something like the heart of our relationship was already ticking in that scene, and that it had touched him. Because that's what we were: brother and sister. Our reactions toward each other always remained the same, although we rarely addressed each other directly. I also kept being surprised at the things he liked.
Alan Bennett Plays 1: Forty Years On, Getting On, Habeas Corpus and Enjoy by Alan Bennett