Carlos (film)

Carlos is a 1971 West German Western television film, which has transplanted the story of Friedrich Schiller's play Don Carlos from 16th century Spain to a 1915 American Western style environment. According to some, the setting should be somewhere in southern Europe,[1][2] while others claim it is somewhere in the southwestern United States.[3][4] Due to complicated contracts and shooting problems, it never had the theatrical release that was intended, and was instead shown on German TV.

Directed byHans W. Geißendörfer
Screenplay by
  • Hans W. Geißendörfer
  • Bernd Fiedler
Based onDon Carlos
by Friedrich Schiller
Produced by
  • Ernst Liesenhoff
  • Hellmut Haffner
  • Günther Witte
CinematographyRobby Müller
Edited byWolfgang Hedinger
Music byErnst Brandner
Release date
  • 23 November 1971 (1971-11-23)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was directed by Hans W. Geißendörfer, who also wrote the screenplay, and stars Gottfried John and Anna Karina. The film was shot in Eilat in Israel, with several Israelis participating in smaller roles and as extras.



  1. ^ Westerns all'Italiana: Carlos (TV film) Linked 20 October 2012
  2. ^ Zweitausendeins Movie Encyclopedia: Carlos Google English machine translation linked 20 October 2012
  3. ^ The Spaghetti Western Database: Carlos Linked 20 October 2012
  4. ^ Zeit Online: Schiller als Italo-Western Archived 7 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Linked 20 October 2012

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