Ensuring a Cultural Legacy

Click for more snapshots and "glam"Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our project to ensure the legacy of Erich Maria Remarque and Paulette Goddard.

A team of volunteers supported by generous in-kind sponsors in Switzerland, Germany and the United States, is raising funds to buy Remarque and Goddard’s home, “Casa Monte Tabor” to save it from possible demolition – and create a self-sustaining Foundation in tribute to its World-famous residents from 1931 to 1990.

This exclusively located Villa, with private boat deck and luscious gardens on the shores of Lago Maggiore, would serve as a Guest House for Remarque and Goddard aficionados, donors, scholars, writers, film & literature industry professionals, VIP’s and celebrities who are invited to visit this most beautiful Mediterranean region in southern Switzerland, five minutes from the Italian border to Stresa and the Borromean Islands.

During visitor hours, a limited number of day guests would be invited to enjoy Paulette’s grand living room, Remarque’s historic terrace and the secluded private gardens – while quietly reading a Remarque novel, watching a Goddard Classic or celebrating afternoon Tea in a private, butler-served, Salon-Style setting.

The concept for the Artist Residence operated by a future local (Swiss) non-profit, was created in collaboration with volunteer teams of the Remarque Gesellschaft, the Remarque Friedenszentrum and the City of Osnabrück/Germany’s Remarque Peace Prize organization, headed by Prof. Tilman Westphalen and Dr. Thomas Schneider – and in consultation with New York University‘s Remarque Institute headed by Prof. Katherine Fleming – and the director of the Paulette Goddard Residential College at NYU Mr. Tyler Crisman, under the leadership of Prof. Rogan Kersh.

In 2012, Remarque’s work earned an important boost of visibility among specific target audiences in Hollywood thanks to the DVD Blu Ray release and screening of “All Quiet on the Western Front” in occasion of Universal Studio’s 100th Anniversary

In addition to Universal’s festivities, Turner Classic Movies celebrated their third “Classic Film Festival” at Grauman’s Chinese and other historic Hollywood movie theaters, featuring “All Quiet on the Western Front” and one of Paulette Goddard‘s classic films, “The Women“.

With this, Remarque and Goddard re-gained visibility among Classic Hollywood aficionados who enthusiastically enjoyed the restored quality of both Films – while being reminded about Remarque and Goddard, and the upcoming release of a NEW 2013 version of “All Quiet on the Western Front”, released in time for the 100th anniversary of the first World War. Throughout the year, TCM regularly featured films with Paulette Goddard, including a 24 hour non-stop “festival” in honor of her.

On December 10, 2012 the UCLA Film & Television Archive hosts a screening at the Billy Wilder Theater of Paulette Goddard’s “Kitty“. This film “tells the rags-to-riches story about a young guttersnipe,cockney girl from the slums of 18th century London” (wiki) We look forward to meeting many Paulette Goddard and Classic Hollywood Film aficionados!

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To learn more about our project and to discuss how you could possibly assist in realizing the vision, a Skype meeting anywhere in the World, or a personal presentation in the LA area can be arranged at any time. Inquiries can be sent in any language to EMRPGfoundation@gmail.com.

Thank You for your time and interest! 

Image of Paulette Goddard drinking Coca Cola on the set
courtesy of Roy Export Company Establishment
Thank You, Chaplin Family!


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