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Goebbels & Geduldig

Goebbels & Geduldig

The story of Harry Geduldig and his love for Grete Zipfel, told against the volatile background of the Third Reich ...
1944 and Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels narrowly escapes an assassination attempt en route to Obersalzberg. Behind the attack: his rival Heinrich Himmler, also whispered to have Goebbels' lookalike hidden away in a secret location. He immediately sets out to solve the mystery and, in a remote stronghold, comes face to face with Jewish prisoner Harry Geduldig, his spitting image. Geduldig takes advantage of the mix-up. The real Goebbels is kept prisoner in the fortress, while his double takes over as the leader of the convoy, also managing to rescue his beloved fellow prisoner Grete Zipfel. Although he is cheered by the people at a party rally in Nuremberg, his journey takes him into the lions' den. Arriving at Obersalzberg, he meets Hitler, as well as his "own" wife Magda. But Harry Geduldig will dare everything to save Grete ...


Kai Wessel was born in Hamburg in 1961. After completing his studies, he began working as an assistant director. He made his breakthrough with Martha Jellneck, which was nominated for the German Film Award in 1988. Among his most noted television productions are the filming of the diaries of the Jewish literature professor Victor Klemperer, Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland (1999), as well as Hat er Arbeit? (2000), Goebbels und Geduldig (2001) and Leben waere schoen (2003), which won the Adolf Grimme Award in 2004. His epic miniseries Die Flucht (2007) was one of the top-rated fiction productions of 2007.
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Kai Wessel
Screenplay Peter Steinbach
Cinematography Rudolf Blahacek
Bernd Lorbiecki
Ralf Wienrich
Goetz Heymann
Cast Jürgen Schornagel, Dagmar Manzel, Katja Riemann, Katharina Thalbach, Eva Mattes, Goetz Otto, Dieter Pfaff, Ulrich Mühe, Tilo Prückner
Production Companies SWR, Dietrich Mack Production Company
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR