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Captain of Koepenick, The (Hauptmann von Koepenick, Der)

People have been laughing about the daring prank of the “Captain of Koepenick” for about half a century, on which Carl Zuckmayer based his stage play. This is the tragicomical story of the Berlin shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt who donned an old captain’s uniform, “arrested” the mayor of Koepenick and “confiscated” the city treasury containing over four thousand Marks. He exploited the blind obedience to state authority because, under the regulations of bureaucracy, there was no place for him.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1956
Director Helmut Kaeutner
Screenplay Helmut Kaeutner, Carl Zuckmayer
Cinematography Albert Benitz
Cast Heinz Ruehmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth, Willy A. Kleinau, Leonard Steckel, Friedrich Domin
Producer Gyula Trebitsch
Production Company Real Film
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Awards German Film Award 1957

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