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Herr Puntila and His Servant Matti (1960)

Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti (original title)

Director:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti)

Writers:

Bertolt Brecht (folk play), Hella Wuolijoki (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Curt Bois ... Johannes Puntila
Heinz Engelmann ... Matti Altonen
Maria Emo ... Eva Puntila
Erika Pelikowsky Erika Pelikowsky ... Sandra
Yelena Polevitskaya Yelena Polevitskaya ... Sandra Klinckmann (as Elena Polewitzkaja)
Inge Holzleitner Inge Holzleitner ... Fina
Dorothea Neff Dorothea Neff ... Pröbstin
Elfriede Irrall Elfriede Irrall ... Lisu (as Friedl Irrall)
Edith Prager Edith Prager ... Manda
Erland Erlandsen Erland Erlandsen ... L'attaché
Karl Skraup Karl Skraup ... Josef, Apotheker
Otto Schmöle Otto Schmöle ... Richter
Otto Wögerer Otto Wögerer ... Bibelius
Max Brod Max Brod ... Advokat
Fritz Heller Fritz Heller ... Minister
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Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Drama

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Quotes

Herr Puntila: Let's talk about something human - let's talk about money.
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Connections

Version of Herr Puntila in Sri Lanka (1985) See more »

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Brecht's Alcoholic Comedy about Master-Servant Dialectic
2 March 2003 | by lpowell-1See all my reviews

Fine film adaptation of Brecht's 1940 exile play; Brecht himself (who helped the director with the film) thought it the only adequate filming of his work ever produced. Note that the music is by Hans Eisler, an important film composer who worked with T.W. Adorno on "Composition for the Film;" and Curt Bois, who plays Puntila, acted in this role under Brecht's own direction. This film can be compared with Hans-Juergen Syberberg's documentary film ("Syberberg filmt bei Brecht") of Brecht's own stage production with Curt Bois. One only misses DEFA film actor Erwin Geschonneck, who was Matti in the play. An important film for 20th century theater history. Cavalcanti's added framing sequences with sung commentary by the female servants is very much in Brechtian spirit. Much of the dialogue of the play is preserved unchanged. Cavalcanti's added scenes of Finnish nature are also completely in the spirit of the original play, where the beauty of the countryside was meant to contrast with lopsided human relations.


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Country:

Austria | West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 October 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor) (partly)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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