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Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald
Feature Film, AT 1979, Farbe, 96 min., dOF
Diagonale 2019

Director: Maximilian Schell
Script: Christopher Hampton, Maximilian Schell
Cast: Helmut Qualtinger, Hanno Pöschl, Birgit Doll u.a.
Camera: Klaus König
Editor: Dagmar Hirtz
Music: Toni Stricker
Production: MFG-Film GmbH, München, Arabella-Film, Wien


The famous filming of Ödön von Horvath’s play revolves around middle-class catastrophes and shows Hanno Pöschl in his first major cinema role: “dear, sweet” Marianne, daughter of the so-called Zauberkönig, the king of magic, is engaged to the narrow-minded butcher Oskar. She leaves him because she has fallen in love with the lady’s man, Alfred, who later abandons her and their child. Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald provides a vicious, grim, but also humorous and satirical look back at the morbid situation on the eve of the national socialist takeover of power.

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