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Boxing Prince, The (Boxprinz, Der)

Boxing Prince, The

The film tells the life story of Norbert Grupe alias "Prince Wilhelm of Homburg". He was a fearsome boxing legend in the sixties and seventies and lived lavishly in the red-light district of Hamburg, borough of St. Pauli, ruining himself completely.

"A big German boxing promise", that's what they call him at the beginning. He is called the "Beatle-Boxer" because of his long hair. He is given the title of a "Rowdy Boxer" when his criminal activities outside the boxing ring intensify. After all, it's an explosive mixture between violence and pop which transformed him into one of the first German pop icons.

Another aspect of his life story is his playing with the media, which he never quite understood. They limited his provocative manners but also encouraged his escapades in order to exhibit him in front of the audience. That is exactly the well-known mixture of the Germans' double standard of moral and sensation.
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2002
Director Gerd Kroske
Screenplay Gerd Kroske
Cinematography Susanne Schüle
Karin Gerda Schoening
Archie Shepp, Charly Parker
Cast Norbert Grupe
Producer Gerd Kroske
Production Company Realistfilm/Berlin, in co-production with WDR, SWR/Stuttgart, SR
Runtime 100 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Nyon 2000 (Prix du Long Métrage - ex aequo), Munich 2000: Documentary Film Festival, Vienna 2000, Duisburg 2000
With backing from MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Filmbuero NW

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