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Käutner, Helmut 1908-1980

Works: 367 works in 1,046 publications in 5 languages and 3,216 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Experimental films  History  Film adaptations  Bibliography  War films  Comedy films  Romance films  Biography  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Director, Performer, Author of screenplay, Other, Creator, fmd, Translator, Actor, Contributor, Scenarist, Editor, Lyricist, Adapter, Author of introduction
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Der Hauptmann von Köpenick by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

68 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilhelm Voigt has a lengthy criminal record. In prison he trains to be a shoemaker and reads books about the army, especially books on uniforms. Released without documents or work, he picks up a captain's uniform from a junk dealer, and together with a few infantrymen, occupies the town hall in the small town of Köpenick. On discovering that the town hall does not issue documents, he confiscates the municipal funds and disappears. This escapade, set in the Berlin suburb of Köpenick, is a true story from 1906. Carl Zuckmayer wrote a play about it, and Helmut Käutner filmed it with the actor Heinz Rühmann. It was one of the most internationally successful entertainment films of the 1950s
Des Teufels General by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

41 editions published between 1954 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A terrific suspense thriller loosely based on the life of Ernst Udet, the highest scoring German ace to survive WWI. General Harras (Udet) ..., a talented Luftwaffe designer, has the technical expertise to develop newer and deadlier fighters and bombers ... His standing with the Nazi leadership is shaken when they begin to wonder whether the loss of his aircraft is due to poor design or ... could it be sabotage. Harras is a man of his time, yet a man of honor in a dishonorable Vaterland."
Karl May( Visual )

15 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 175 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
Große Freiheit Nr. 7 by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

38 editions published between 1943 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hannes Kröger, a former sailor disappointed with life, every evening sings in a third-class cabaret in the street named Great Freedom (Grosse Freiheit) in Hamburg. His brother, on his death-bed entrusts to him his former mistress. Gradually the young woman wins Hannes' heart. He dedicates to her the song "La Paloma" and is beginning to dream of a life together. Gisa on the other hand, has no idea of this development and regularly meets docker Willem. He and Hannes become serious rivals and Hannes, who feels very hurt, decides to go to sea again
Romanze in Moll by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

30 editions published between 1943 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 152 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
Unter den Brücken by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

29 editions published between 1944 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 145 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 )

20 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 136 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 )

20 editions published between 1947 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 126 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 )

21 editions published between 1957 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 108 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
Die letzte Brücke by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

15 editions published between 1953 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 101 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'
Himmel ohne Sterne by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

13 editions published between 1955 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 98 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
Kleider machen Leute = Clothes make the man by Gottfried Keller( Visual )

43 editions published between 1940 and 2009 in German and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A penniless tailor who dreams of riches, refinement and true love takes a journey dressed above his station, and is mistaken for a Polish aristocrat. After a bitter confrontation with the hard truth, his fantasies do however come to pass
Auf Wiedersehen, Franziska! by Helmut Käutner( Visual )

13 editions published between 1940 and 2014 in German and English and held by 95 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 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 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Schinderhannes by Carl Zuckmayer( Visual )

16 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in German and held by 30 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 )

14 editions published between 1955 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Glas Wasser : Lustspiel in fünf Aufzügen by Eugène Scribe( Book )

9 editions published between 1955 and 1976 in German and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Des Teufels General( Visual )

7 editions published in 2009 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

General Harras is a WWI fighter ace and cynical opportunist who has accepted a post as inspector general in the Luftwaffe during WWII, despite his lack of faith in ultimate Nazi victory. When several new aircraft designs fail, the Gestapo suspects sabotage, and pressures Harras to find the culprit. Harras investigates only to find that the saboteur is Flight Engineer Oderbruch, his most trusted friend. The film is loosely based on the life of Luftwaffe general, Ernst Udet
Einladung ins Schloss oder Die Kunst, das Spiel zu spielen Komödie in 4 Bildern by Jean Anouilh( Book )

6 editions published between 1955 and 1980 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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