Tote Taube in der Beethovenstrasse (Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street [director’s cut]). 1974. West Germany. Written and directed by Samuel Fuller. In German and English. 123 min.
Music by Can. With Christa Lang, Glenn Corbett, Anton Diffring, Stéphane Audran. Returning to Germany for the first time since his service in World War II, Samuel Fuller created a very special, highly subversive episode of the popular West German television series Tatort. Glenn Corbett stars as a hapless American private detective on the trail of an international blackmail syndicate; his only lead is the lovely Christa (Christa Lang, the director’s wife), whom the blackmailers have been using as bait. Previously shown in the United States only in a severely edited version, the film has been funded and restored to its never-before-seen director’s cut by UCLA Film & Television Archive, their first completely digital restoration.