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FILM SCREENINGS

  • Karl May

    1974. West Germany. Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. 187 min.

Monday, February 15, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Karl May

    1974. West Germany. Written and directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. With Helmut Käutner, Käthe Gold, Kristina Söderbaum, Mady Rahl. The film reflects its director’s now-famous obsession with the major figures who have shaped twentieth-century German history and consciousness. Karl May (1842–1912), a one-time convict, was the author of an enormously successful series of adventure stories of American Indians, but never visited any of the places he describes in meticulously accurate detail; he further blurred issues of fact and fiction, believing himself to be “Old Shutterhand,” the hero of his imagined tales. 187 min.