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I Am Not God, but Like God (Ich bin nicht Gott, aber wie Gott)

I Am Not God, but Like God

Guenter Kaussen, the "slumlord" from Cologne, who shaped public discussion from the 60s through to the 80s, is, to this day, a synonym for property speculation and exorbitant rents in Germany. Behind all of this is the rise of a man from the poorest of backgrounds through a successful university career to excessiveness. Kaussen becomes a regular feature in magazines and yet stays in the dark - a "German Howard Hughes" for the media. The wealthy man lives increasingly in the belief that he is being followed. He has bodyguards, purposely dresses shabbily and unpresupposing when he goes out, stays undetected. He prefers, best of all, to stay at home in his fortress-cum-flat and now really only has his lady companion, four daughters and the completely devoted employees and lawyers around him. For Kau-en pays well, but forces the people around him to be there to meet his needs. Kaussen has failed as a one-man enterprise. In the film, the few people who knew him say whether he was a case of someone between genius and madness.

Claus Strobel was born in 1949 and studied History of Art, Media, Sociology and Archaeology until his graduation with an M.A. in 1977. He was a lecturer in film and communication studies at the University of Duisburg from 1982-1986 and worked as a freelance writer in Cologne for feature film and documentary projects from 1989-1991. He has been based as a writer in Hamburg since 1991 and directed the TV feature Mechthild Grossmann - Portraet einer Schauspielerin (1991) and I Am Not God, but like God (Ich bin nicht Gott, aber wie Gott, 1994).
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Director Claus Strobel
Screenplay Claus Strobel
Cinematography Dragan Rogulj
Ariane Traub
Achim Hagemann, Betti Hagemann
Cast Hermann Lause
Producer Richard Schoeps
Production Companies WDR, NDR/Hamburg, Studio Hamburg/Hamburg
Length 90 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Optical
German Distributor Atlas Filmkunst/Duisburg

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