Film Info: Helden

Arms and the Man (Helden)

A delicious parody on misunderstood heroism is represented by this picture based on George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Man and Superman. The comical captain Bluntschli, dressed up as a Serbian mercenary, conquers for himself his adversary’s fiancée.


Franz Peter Wirth was born in Munich in 1919 and died in Berg in 1999. After studying Theater in Munich, he worked as a dramaturge and director for the Staedtebund-Theater in Hof from 1948-1950. He also worked for television and radio stations in Frankfurt, Baden-Baden, Stuttgart and Munich. His films include: Arms and the Man (Helden, 1958), Die Frau am Dunklen Fenster (1960), Ein schoenes Paar (1975), Die Buddenbrooks (1978), Tiefe Wasser (1983), Familienschande (1988), Adieu, mon ami (1996) and Typisch Ed! (1999), among others.
Genre Comedy, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 1958
Director Franz Peter Wirth
Screenplay Johanna Sibelius, Eberhard Keindorff
Cinematography Klaus von Rautenfeld
Cast Kurt Kasznar, Ljuba Welitsch, Jan Hendriks, Ellen Schwiers, Liselotte Pulver, O.W. Fischer, Manfred Inger
Producer Peter Goldbaum
Production Companies H.R. Sokal Film/Berlin, P. Goldbaum Produktion, in co-production with Bavaria Filmkunst/Munich
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Awards German Film Award 1959

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