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Till EulenspiegelTill Eulenspiegel

1975, color, 104 min., Feature
Director: Rainer Simon
Script: Rainer Simon
Camera: Claus Neumann
Music: Friedrich Goldmann
Cast: Winfried Glatzeder, Cox Habbema, Franciszek Pieczka, Eberhard Esche, Jürgen Gosch, Hans Teuscher

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In medieval Germany, the poor, witty, and rebellious trickster Till Eulenspiegel (Winfried Glatzeder) fools and cheats citizens, churchmen, and landlords. Although he is mostly concerned with his own interests, he also often helps the poor and weak. Eventually, he becomes the royal fool at the emperor’s court – an influential but dangerous position. The original script, written by Christa and Gerhard Wolf and planned as a two-part feature film, was ignored by officials for financial and political reasons. Rainer Simon was asked to re-write the script, but the production process which followed was dogged by censorship. Although officials tried to keep a low profile for the film when it was finally released, audiences welcomed it with overwhelming enthusiasm.

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