Der Untertan

Overview

Heinrich Mann's influential novel Der Untertan serves as the inspiration for this once-banned satirical comedy about a fearful young boy who uses the power of groveling to become of the Kaiser's most trusted lackeys. As a young boy, Diedrich Hesserling was afraid of everything. But the older Diedrich grew, the more he realized how quickly he could advance in life by licking the boots of his superiors and using everyone else as a stepping stone to success. And the technique serves Diedrich well, too, as he quickly...
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Overview

Heinrich Mann's influential novel Der Untertan serves as the inspiration for this once-banned satirical comedy about a fearful young boy who uses the power of groveling to become of the Kaiser's most trusted lackeys. As a young boy, Diedrich Hesserling was afraid of everything. But the older Diedrich grew, the more he realized how quickly he could advance in life by licking the boots of his superiors and using everyone else as a stepping stone to success. And the technique serves Diedrich well, too, as he quickly advances from beer-guzzling cadet to tyrannical factory owner and, ultimately, right hand man to the Kaiser himself. The Murderers Are Among Us director Wolfgang Staudte helms a biting comedy that, while banned in Germany at the time of its original release, is now considered an important film classic.
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Special Features

Short film: Interpreting The Kaiser's Lackey [2007]; Historical timeline; Biographies and filmographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • UPC: 720229913645
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,344

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Kaiser's Lackey
1. Childhood [7:29]
2. Neo-Teutons and Agnes [15:29]
3. Inheritance and Military Service [12:20]
4. The Young Factory Owner [7:17]
5. Scandal and Insult [10:06]
6. The Trial [13:08]
7. Business Is Good [11:29]
8. Wedding and "World Power" [7:27]
9. The Kaiser and His Lackey [9:00]
10. Unveiling the Monument [10:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Kaiser's Lackey
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   Special Features
      Biographies & Filmographies
         Wolfgang Staudte, Director
         Werner Peters, Actor
      Historical Timeline
      Interpreting The Kaiser's Lackey, 2007
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