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His Majesty Needs Sunshine (Majestaet brauchen Sonne)

His Majesty Needs Sunshine

For the turn of the millenium, a film about the disastrous idea of Germany's last Kaiser Wilhelm II, to stage himself, his government and his nation as a Gesamt-kunstwerk. The most frequently photographed and filmed media celebrity at the beginning of this century, His Majesty needed sunshine to illuminate his spectacular public appearances: the proverbial "imperial weather". After a 30-year reign he followed his forced abdication at the end of World War I by living in exile until 1941, surrounded by the props and images of his glory years, in the luxurious Kasteel Huis Doorn in the Netherlands. He selected his own epitaph: Extol me not, for I need no exultation. Judge me not, for I shall be judged.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1999
Director Peter Schamoni
Screenplay Peter Schamoni
Cinematography Michael Bartlett, Ernst Hirsch
Thomas Krattenmacher
Silke Matzpohl
Producer Peter Schamoni
Production Company Schamoni Film & Medien GmbH , in co-production with ZDF, Verenigde Nederlandse Filmcompagnie/Amsterdam
Runtime 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Leipzig 1999 (opening film)
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Arthaus Filmverleih/Munich

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