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Untertan
     

Der Untertan

Director: Wolfgang Staudte

Cast: Werner Peters, Paul Esser, Eduard von Winterstein

 
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

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
UPC:
0720229913645
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Werner Peters Actor
Paul Esser Actor
Eduard von Winterstein Actor
Renate Fischer Actor
Sabine Thalbach Actor
Ernst Legal Actor
Friedrich Gnass Actor
Blandine Ebinger Actor
Hans-Georg Laubenthal Actor
Erich Nadler Actor
Gertrud Bergmann Actor

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Staudte Director,Screenwriter
Robert Baberske Cinematographer
Johanna Rosinski Editor
Karl Schneider Set Decoration/Design
Horst-Hanns Sieber Score Composer
Fritz Staudte Screenwriter
Willi Teichmann Producer
Erich Zander Set Decoration/Design

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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