Tag Archives: Helmut Käutner
Romanze in Moll / Romance in a Minor Key (1943) Helmut Käutner, Marianne Hoppe, Paul Dahlke, Ferdinand Marian, Drama, Romance
Der Apfel ist ab / The Original Sin (1948) Helmut Käutner, Bobby Todd, Bettina Moissi, Joana Maria Gorvin, Comedy, Fantasy
Adam happens to be married to someone else when he falls in love with his secretary Eve. His guilt over his illicit lustings sends Adam to a Godlike psychiatrist. To test Adam’s will power, the doctor gives his patient an apple, ordering him not to eat it. Alas, this strategy is as ineffectual now as it was “In the Beginning”.
Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs / Mad Emperor: Ludwig II (1955) Helmut Käutner, O.W. Fischer, Marianne Koch, Paul Bildt, Biography, Drama, History
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept parliament’s will to join Bismarck, rather he his cultured Habsburg friends, in wars. His love-life being as fruitless, he seeks comfort in art. But building fairytale castles and an even grander opera for his musical idol Wagner proves so expensive, his cabinet ends up resorting to formally challenging his mental health, plausible as his beloved brother Otto contracted schizophrenia earlier. Tragedy now lurks in Ludwig’s prison-castle.
Air Force test pilot Pike Yarnell reluctantly attends the memorial service for long-dead Donald Beasley, his navigator during the Korean War; recalling, in flashbacks, their painful days together on a life raft. In Beasley’s home town, Pike is repelled at Donald’s wealthy mother’s enshrinement of her dead son; bemused at his frankly amorous pursuit by Donald’s younger sister Pat; and increasingly charmed by his attractive widow Christina. What will the final flashback reveal?