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Karl May (1974)

Lil Dagover , Andre Heller , Hans-Jürgen Syberberg  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lil Dagover, Andre Heller, Heinz Moog, Rudolf Prack, Mady Rahl
  • Directors: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FACETS
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XJNYX2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The second film in Hans Jurgen Syberberg s highly impressionistic German Trilogy, KARL MAY follows the last years in the life of Germany s most popular author. Karl May, a prolific and beloved writer, wrote rousing adventure tales set in America s Wild West, which mythologized a rustic lifestyle that appealed to German sensibilities and may have inspired the Nazi Party.
Syberberg s meditation on May fuses theater, music, and cinema to offer a perspective on May as a man who mythologized himself as an extension of his art. KARL MAY picks up where Syberberg s Ludwig left off while prefiguring his masterpiece Our Hitler.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Syderberg's masterpieces October 11, 2011
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Released in 1974 Karl May is the second installment in the Syderberg trilogy, which also includes Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King and Our Hitler. The film focuses on the final years of one of Germany's most popular and prolific authors Karl May. May wrote first person adventure novels set in Germany, China, South America, and most notably the American West that forged an idealized national mythology about exotic and rustic lifestyles. Near the end of his life May became so entrenched in his own fabricated mythologies that the line between fact and fiction was blurred and he toured Germany believing he was in fact the star of his novels. Despite his assumption of this persona, the public discovers that he never even stepped foot in the U.S. or other faraway places. He is attacked and put on trial for allegations of immorality. The film is the most realistic of Syderberg's trilogy, but still shows the director's imaginative powers and ability to push the bounds of filmmaking. He blends music, theatre, and cinema, and on target with the theme of May's own facts and fictions, the film explores the lines between the romantic and the real. Highly artistic and well-crafted this trilogy is unlike anything you have seen before.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for German language students May 15, 2013
I liked this because I could watch it with German subtitles (or English, or Russian, and the other usual choices).

So if you are a student of intermediate German, here's the chance to hear the language and read it at the same time.

Interesting about it being Part 1, apparently with no Part 2 available ...
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