Retirement home meets Hollywood

04:01, Jan 24 2014
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James Bond: Wilhelm Buiting, 89, looking splendid as 007.
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Easy Rider: Walter Loeser (l.), 98, and Kurt Neuhaus, 90, on their mighty machines.
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Dirty Dancing: Johann Liedtke, 92. und Marianne Pape, 79, as Johnny Castle und Frances "Baby" Houseman. "I didn't really have to lift the lady, the computer helped me out," Liedtke revealed.
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Saturday Night Fever: Irmgard Alt, 79, und Siegfried Gallasch, 87, pose as Tony Manero und Stephanie Mangano.
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Giant: Joanna Trachenberg, 81, und Horst Krischat, 78, as Leslie Lynnton und Jett Rink.
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Cabaret: Martha Bajohr, 77, poses like Liza Minnelli.
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Blues Brothers: Margarete Schmidt (r.), 77, und Lothar Wischnewski
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The Seven Year Itch: Ingeborg Giolbass, 84, und Erich Endlein, 88. "When I stepped on the air shaft and the wind machine started up, I felt like a real star," Giolbass said.
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Mary Poppins: Erna Schenk, 78, flying with her umbrella. "The make-up artist, the atmosphere, admiring oneself in your costume, it was overwhelming," she says.
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Rocky: Erwin J. von der Heiden, 80, as Rocky Balboa
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Breakfast at Tiffany's: Marianne Brunsbach, 86, luxurious like once Audrey Hepburn in the role.
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Titanic: Erna Rutt, 86, und Alfred Kelbch, 81, as Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson

A German retirement home has released a calendar where seniors re-create iconic movie scenes.

The 75-98 year old models posed as James Dean, Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn.

"It was great fun" Walter Loeser from the Western German city of Essen said, as well as a welcome relief from every day life.

The 98-year-old posed as Billy from the movie Easy Rider.

"The whole attire, clad completely in leather with fringes . . . I felt like a macho," he told German magazine Spiegel Online.

And the ladies on set were impressed. One woman told him her parents had always warned her of men like him.


A little bit of trickery was applied for some of the shots.

"I am not that strong anymore that I can lift the lady over my head," said 92-year-old Johann Liedtke, who took on Patrick Swayze's role in Dirty Dancing.

"Back in the days when I was young, it would have been easy. But today the computer helps us out."

The retirement home engaged a photographer and a stylist and got the outfits from a costume hire firm.

Although they made their elderly models look like Hollywood stars they made sure that their scars and wrinkles would still be visible.

The calendar with the title Classics 2014 had a 5000 print run and was given as presents to the residents of the The Contilia Retirement Group, employees and their families.