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Tag Archives: Helmut Käutner
In 1960, in a rural part of West Germany, an American military base is set up in a small village of 250 inhabitants. Read More »
“Under the Bridges”, made in the last year of the Third Reich, proves that artistic genius can flourish even under the most difficult circumstances. Read More »
This ethereal, three-hour biopic is the middle film in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s “German Trilogy” on the mythological foundations of the Third Reich. Read More »
1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. Read More »
Romanze in Moll / Romance in a Minor Key (1943) Helmut Käutner, Marianne Hoppe, Paul Dahlke, Ferdinand Marian, Drama, Romance
A grieving husband tries to uncover the truth behind his wife’s suicide, leading him to discover a tragic tale of infidelity and redemption. Read More »
Will Henderson is the new boy at the high school. He befriends outcast Melinda Grant, whose illegitimacy marks her and her unstable mother. Read More »
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”.
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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.
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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?
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