Helmut Käutner

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Helmut Käutner
Film director

Käutner, Helmut


Born Mar. 25, 1908, in Düsseldorf. German (FRG) director and screen writer. Member of the German Academy of Arts (Berlin, GDR).

Käutner worked in a Munich cabaret between 1931 and 1935 and in a drama theater after 1935. He has worked in films since 1938. Käutner’s political film comedy Kitty and the International Conference (1939) was banned by the fascist censor, and his other films of the period failed to satisfy the needs of military propaganda. These films included Romance in a Minor Key (1943) and 7 Great Freedom Street (1944).

Käutner has produced a number of films in the Federal Republic of Germany with a critical liberal orientation: In Those Days (1947), The Devil’s General (1955), and The Captain From Köpenick (1956; after the play by C. Zuckmayer; released in the Soviet Union as The Strength of a Uniform). His antifascist and pacifist films include The Last Bridge (1953; joint Austrian-Yugoslav production) and The Rest Is Silence (1959). Black Gravel (1961) deals with the life of unskilled laborers in the FRG. Käutner also produces commercial entertainment films, such as The House in Montevideo (1963).


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On comprend, au fil de son entretien et dans la maniere dont il est restitue par les auteurs, qu'elle s'appuie sur le film de Helmut Kautner, Le general du diable, de 1955, ou il est question d'un general de la Wehrmacht qui se suicide pour sauver son honneur.
Her point of departure is a 1947 article by director Helmut Kautner that championed auteurism and argued for a need to "dismantle" escapist film production.
In contrast to Nazi literature, which is as aesthetically bankrupt as it is ideologically corrupted, Third Reich film, as the articles on the works of Leni Riefenstahl (Roger Russi), Luis Trenker (Franz Birgel), and Helmut Kautner (Robert Reimer) demonstrate, can tread a complex path between kitsch, propaganda, complicity, empty traditionalism, imagination, grandeur, inventiveness, and individuality, if not quite resistance.