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Käutner, Helmut 1908-1980

Works: 326 works in 932 publications in 5 languages and 3,016 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Verse drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Experimental films  Bibliography  War films  Film adaptations  Romance films  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Director, Performer, Author of screenplay, Creator, Other, Translator, Scenarist, Contributor, Lyricist, Editor, Adapter, Actor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PQ2601.N67, 842.91
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Most widely held works by Helmut Käutner
Der Hauptmann von Köpenick by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

61 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cobler, imprisoned for many years for falsifying papers and unable to find a job, disguises himself as an army captain and takes over the townhall of Kopenick
Des Teufels General by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

42 editions published between 1954 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helmut Käutner's film is an adaptation of a play by Carl Zuckmayer, who based his character of Harras, a general in the Luftwaffe, on a real-life pilot, the aviation pioneer Ernst Udet. In a vintage performance by Curd Jürgens, General Harras is portrayed as a stubborn, power-driven officer, vain, irreverent to the point of recklessness and a womanizer. During the course of WW2 in 1941, and following certain key experiences, he increasingly develops an inner distance from Hitler's regime. He is arrested, then released on the condition that he root out the saboteurs responsible for a series of fighter plane crashes. Harras refuses to denounce the perpetrators, instead plunging to his death in a plane that has been tampered with
Karl May( Visual )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film describes the inner world of the popular 19th-century German author "at the beginning of the end of the fairy tale" in a kind of monologue in a monstrous intimate play
Romanze in Moll by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

25 editions published between 1943 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paris, late 19th century. Madeleine leads a double life. She is married to an upright, honourable bank clerk, a model husband who hardly knows his wife. The young composer Michael falls in love with Madeleine; he gives her a valuable pearl necklace because she inspired his "Romanze in Moll". She tells her husband the pearls are only a cheap imitation. While her husband is away, Madeleine and Michael visit the latter's brother; the rich playboy Viktor falls in love with the woman and leaves no stone unturned in his efforts to make her his. Viktor is appointed manager of the bank in which the unsuspecting husband works; he promotes the husband and transfers him to another branch so that he can devote his attention to Madeleine without interference. When this strategy also proves unfruitful, he tries to blackmail her with his knowledge of her liaison with Michael. In a fit of despair after the premiere of "Romanze in Moll", Madeleine takes an overdose of sleeping tablets in order protect her husband from the truth. Michael challenges Viktor to a duel and kills the playboy
Große Freiheit Nr. 7 by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

37 editions published between 1943 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of an entertainer at a sailors' club who opposes his niece's love for a young seaman
Unter den Brücken by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

32 editions published between 1944 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hendrik and Willi are the owners and crew of a canal barge. They travel up and down the Havel River, have girlfriends here and there, and dream of a "solid" life. One evening they observe a young girl, Anna, who is apparently about to jump off a bridge. They both run to save her, but are "disappointed" to find out that she only threw a ten mark note into the river in hopes of ridding herself of a bad memory. Anna is persuaded to travel back to Berlin as a "passenger" with them, and the two friends soon fall in love with her. After an insulting comment from Willi, Anna leaves the boat, and the two men make an agreement with one another: whoever wins Anna back must forfeit his claim to the barge
Ludwig II - Glanz und Elend eines Königs by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

22 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A romantic, spectacular production portraying the life of Ludwig II (1845-1886), the Bavarian 'Fairytale King'. Ludwig turned away from politics at an early stage, instead indulging his passion for the arts. The film recounts his life from his ascent to the throne to his mysterious death in Lake Starnberg. It also describes Ludwig's friendship with Richard Wagner, follows his relationship with Elizabeth (Sissi), later Empress of Austria, and tells of his passion for building magnificent castles. Helmut Käutner portrays Ludwig as a lonely ruler who slowly falls prey to madness. The popular actor O.W. Fischer is perfectly cast in his role as the Bavarian king
In jenen Tagen by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

22 editions published between 1947 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An early post-war production, this film was shot in the ruins of Germany in 1947. Helmut Käutner and his co-author Ernst Schnabel used the novel idea of telling the story from the perspective of a car: from its first registration in 1933 through to its final scrapping in 1947. Thus they re-tell the history of an era. Through seven episodes, the fates of the car's sucessive owners are depicted, among them a composer whose music is classed as 'subversive'; a jewish couple; a deserting soldier; an old woman who is fleeing the Nazis. The film takes a sincere look at life under Hitler's regime. It presents a multi-faceted view of Germany, recalling the social and human ambience of 'those days'
Die Zürcher Verlobung by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juliane is a young writer who has just separated from her fiance. She records her unfortunate romantic experiences in a story whose happy end she locates in Zurich, and soon a film company is interested in her work. Paul, a man she meets in her uncle's dental surgery, is to direct the film. And then there is Paul's friend Jean, in whom she has fallen in love. This is a romantic comedy of errors which also pokes fun at 1950s German cinema
Kleider machen Leute = Clothes make the man by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

38 editions published between 1940 and 2009 in German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A penniless tailor who dreams of riches, refinement, and love takes a journey in clothing above his station. After a bitter confrontation, the tailor must accept some unwelcome truths. Nevertheless, he realizes his fantasies
Himmel ohne Sterne by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

11 editions published between 1955 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragic love story between an East German factory worker and a West German border policeman in 1952/53. Although the film was produced in the west during the Cold War, it does not serve the Cold War at any time, but seeks to disregard all ideology and remain humane
Auf Wiedersehen, Franziska! by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

11 editions published between 1941 and 2010 in German and English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is love at first sight between professor's daughter Franziska and roving reporter Michael. The story begins in 1932 and ends during WWII. The couple's love goes from one farewell to the next. Michael is always going somewhere to film world events for his agency: accidents, natural disasters and wars. Franziska stays at home in a picturesque little town, entirely alone at first, then alone with their two children. She gradually loses hope and becomes melancholic, but she cannot leave the great love of her life. A melodrama with many comic moments, this film is also distinguished by the brilliant acting of Marianne Hoppe and Hans Söhnker
Die letzte Brücke by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

10 editions published between 1954 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Helga, a young German doctor, who is stationed at a field hospital in the Balkans during World War II. One day, she is kidnapped by Yugoslavian partisans, and though she first tries to escape, her duty as a doctor makes her stay. Then typhoid breaks out in the partisans' camp, and Helga smuggles the much-needed medication out of the German field hospital. The bridge which separates the enemy camps becomes a poignant symbol for the senselessness of the war. Maria Schell, an actress particularly well-known for her melodramatic roles, portrays with great sensitivity the conflicts of a doctor trapped 'between two fronts'
Die Rote( Visual )

5 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a novel by Alfred Andersch, Helmut Käutner's film tells the story of a young woman, Franziska (Ruth Leuwerik), who can no longer bear her mundane life in Germany, a marriage sunk in routine, and a harmless, lifeless love affair. She goes to Venice and makes new acquaintances, but these all fall into the same old pattern; among them is a former British officer and spy who uses her to get revenge on a Nazi. So Franziska takes flight again. The film tells the story of this flight from boredom and routine, analyses the stagnation of society, and as in era of Michelangelo Antonioni in Italy, it depicts melancholy landscapes of the soul
Knaurs Buch vom Film by Rune Waldekranz( Book )

4 editions published in 1956 in German and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Schinderhannes( Visual )

13 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in German and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatic telling of the story of Johann Bückler, known as Schinderhannes, leader of a band of robbers during the time of Napoleonic rule on the German Rhine, and of Jülchen, his beloved
Himmel ohne Sterne. Roman by Helmut Käutner( Book )

11 editions published between 1955 and 1957 in 3 languages and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monpti( Visual )

19 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Als Anne-Claire een arme, jonge kunstenaar ontmoet, denkt ze dat ze alleen maar interssant voor hem is als ze net doet alsof ze uit een rijke familie komt. Wanneer de kunstenaar uiteindelijk achter de waarheid komt, is hij zo boos dat hij er met de eerstvolgende taxi vandoor gaat. Ze probeert hem achterna te gaan, maar komt onder een auto en belandt in het ziekenhuis
Ring round the moon, a charade with music by Jean Anouilh( Book )

8 editions published between 1955 and 1995 in German and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"According to Atkinson (Times), a play 'of many moods...wistfully romantic, satirical, fantastic...To make his points about love (the author) has invented a fable about twin brothers--Frederic, who is shy and sensitive, and Hugo, who is heartless and aggressive. Frederic is in love with a hussy who is in love with Hugo. To save Frederic from an unhappy marriage, Hugo tries to distract him by bringing to a ball a beautiful dancer who masquerades as a mysterious personage and becomes the triumph of the occasion. She is a susceptible maiden in her own right. She not only breaks up all the cynical romances that have been going on before she arrived, but loses her own heart as well.'" -- Publisher's description
Einladung ins Schloss : eingeleitet durch Brief an eine junge Dame by Jean Anouilh( Book )

9 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in German and Undetermined and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Helmut Käutner acteur allemand

Helmut Käutner deutscher Filmregisseur und Schauspieler

Helmut Käutner director de cine de Alemania

Helmut Käutner Duits acteur

Helmut Käutner german film director

Helmut Käutner regista tedesco

Kautner, Helmut 1908-1980

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