Der Fußgänger (1973)

Fußgänger, Der (1973, GER/SUI/ISR) C-97m. *** D: Maximilian Schell. Starring Gustav Rudolf Sellner, Maximilian Schell, Gila von Weitershausen, Walter Kohut, Christian Kohlund, Peggy Ashcroft, Lil Dagover, Elisabeth Bergner. Remarkably mature drama about wealthy industrialist Sellner, who is about to be uncovered as a Nazi war criminal by tabloid reporters. Film subtly chronicles his feelings, his conscience, painting a credible portrait of a broken man. Excellent, moving script by director Schell himself, who casts himself as Sellner's recently deceased son. Downbeat but a must-see. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and also nominated for the Oscar. Schell, who coscripted and coproduced, directed DER RICHTER UND SEIN HENKER (1976) next. English title: THE PEDESTRIAN.


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