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Last Man Alive, The (gruene Wolke, Die)

Last Man Alive, The
Scene from "The Last Man Alive" (photo © Markus Gruber)

Based on A.S. Neill's best-selling novel of the same name, The Last Man Alive is a delightful romp between fantasy and reality.

Set in a small and cozy boarding school nestled in the woods, the story begins when a group of eight children gather around their favorite teacher, Professor Birnenstiel. A colorful storyteller, Birnenstiel launches into an incredible tale in which he and the children are the protagonists. Their fantasy adventures take them into outer space, from where they see a green cloud envelop the earth. Upon their return, they discover that all human beings have been turned into stone. Along with a good-natured billionaire and a ditsy French beauty queen, they stumble from one adventure to another. Whether fleeing from killer tomatoes or from black-and-white TV characters who suddenly emerge from the television screen, the children and their adult friends tackle one predicament after the next with energy, cleverness and solidarity. Or at least that's how the "real life" children would like to have it! Whenever Professor Birnenstiel fails to make his characters heroic enough, the children chime in and demand a change in the story. In Birnenstiel's tale, he himself is supposed to be the "last man alive". But will the children agree to be simply eliminated from the story?


Claus Strigel was born in 1955 in Munich. He began making his first films on Super 8 at the age of 11 and studied Psychology, Pedagogy and Communications. In 1976 he co-founded DENKmal-Film with Bertram Verhaag. He has written and directed over 50 award-winning films, including: Too Much Man! (echt tu matsch!, 1983), Nuclear Split (Spaltprozesse, 1987), Runaway (1992), The Last Man Alive (2000), Planet Hasenbergl (2002), In the Back of Beyond (2003), X-pedition (2006), Moon Sun Flower Game (2008), and In What We Trust (2009), among others.
Genre Science Fiction
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Claus Strigel
Screenplay Claus Strigel
Cinematography Sönke Hansen
Uwe Klimmeck
Wolfgang Neumann
Yvonne Kurth
Cast Heinz W. Kraehkamp, Jule Ronstedt, Martin Oestreicher, Jan-Gerd Buss, Jan von Klier, Patrick McGehee
Producers Bertram Verhaag, Bernd Vorjans
Production Company DENKmal-Film/Munich
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Gera 2001
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, MEDIA II

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