Ingeborg Giolbass and Erich Endlein, 84 and 88, respectively, had the time of their lives recreating Marilyn Monroe’s iconoc scene from “The Seven Year Itch”- the 1955 blockbuster. Their endearing image has been immortalized for ‘Classics 2014’, a New Year album that is worth keeping. It has photos of some of the liveliest and fascinating senior citizens from nursing homes across Germany.
These young at heart and fun loving nursing home residents (all of them between 75-98 years of age) have come together to create a calendar of brilliant pictures for the Essenes Contillia Group. They replace famous movie stars in some of their favorite classic scenes from movies such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Seven Year Itch” and “Saturday Night Fever.
“Easy Rider”: Walter Loeser, 98 and Kurt Neuhaus, 90
“Breakfast at Tiffany”: Marianne Brunsbach, 86
“Blues Brothers”: Margarete Schmidt 77 and Lothar Wischnewski 76
They used wigs, costumes and make-up to turn themselves into famous movie stars like James Dean, Audrey Hepburn and Patrick Swayze.
“Titanic”: Erna Rütt, 86 and Alfred Kelbch, 81
“Rocky”: Erwin J. von der Heiden, 80
“Mary Poppins”: Erna Schenk, 78
“James Bond”: Wilhelm Buiting, 89
“Dirty Dancing”: Johann Liedtke, 92 & Marianne Pape, 79
The project needed some Photoshop of course, but which project doesn’t? As John Liedtke, the 92-year-old who posed as Patrick Swayze for the Dirty Dancing shot, said,“Back when I was young, it would have been easy. Nowadays, the computer’s bag of tricks helps.”
Unfortunately, most of us will only be able to enjoy these pictures digitally because the calendar won’t be for sale. It was created simply as a gift for nursing home residents, employees and family members.
Who says age stops you from anything?