Karl May

(1974)
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This ethereal, three-hour biopic is the middle film in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s “German Trilogy” on the mythological foundations of the Third Reich. By fusing theater, music, and cinema, Syberberg conjures up Karl May (1842-1912), the immensely popular German author, who set many of his adventure novels in an idealized version of the American Wild West. His tales of the cowboy and the Ubermensch alike were beloved by many, including (Our) Hitler, who supposedly ordered his generals to read May works after defeats in the Russian campaign.

  1. Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Helmut Käutner

    Karl May

  2. Kristina Söderbaum

    Kristina Söderbaum

    Emma May

  3. Käthe Gold

    Klara May

  4. Attila Hörbiger

    Schriftsteller Dittrich

  5. Rudolf Fernau

    Rudolf Fernau

    Anwalt Bredereck

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Karl May

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  • October 18, 1974
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Original Language German

Runtime 3h 7m

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