The Captain from Köpenick (Germany 1956, 93 min), directed by Helmut Käutner, with Heinz Rühmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth
Heinz Rühmann, perhaps the best known German actor of the 20th century, who controversially kept working under the eye of the Nazi propaganda ministry, starred in popular and (lastingly) successful comedies such as THE THREE FROM THE FILLING STATION (1930) and THE PUNCH BOWL (1944), which half of Germany still watches each New Year's Eve. At age 54, he took the role of his life as the Captain of Köpenick, a district in the east of Berlin. Based on a true story and the 1931 play by Carl Zuckmayer (as well as the first film version by Richard Oswald), it's the story of the Berlin shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt who donned an old captain’s uniform, “arrested” the mayor of Köpenick and “confiscated” the city treasury containing over four thousand marks. He exploited the blind obedience to state authority because, under the regulations of bureaucracy, there was no place for him. People have been laughing about the daring prank and empathizing with the “Captain from Köpenick” for nearly a century, up to Frank Beyer’s TV version in 1997.
Introduced by Jutta Brendemühl, Program Curator of the Goethe-Institut Toronto & Eric Veillette, Programming Director of the Revue Cinema
— Did you know that Toronto's Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Avenue was the go-to place for the German community after WWII? They showed the ever-popular Heimatfilms coming out of Germany in the 1950s and 60s – mostly escapist musicals & romcoms, but also social dramas featuring star actors and some of the best directors of the time. We dug three of those classics that have stood the test of time out of the Goethe-Institut's own 35mm archive to show you as a «Déjà Revue».
Join us for one or all three screenings!
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