Karl May (film)

Karl May is a 1974 West German biographical drama film directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, starring Helmut Käutner as the writer Karl May. It is considered the second part in Syberberg's "German trilogy", preceded by Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King from 1972 and succeeded by Hitler: A Film from Germany from 1977.[1]

Karl May
Directed byHans-Jürgen Syberberg
Screenplay byHans-Jürgen Syberberg
Produced byHans Jürgen Syberberg
CinematographyDietrich Lohmann
Edited by
  • Ingrid Broszat
  • Annette Dorn
Music byEugen Thomass
TMS Film
Distributed byWarner-Columbia Filmverleih
Release date
  • 18 October 1974 (1974-10-18)
Running time
187 minutes
CountryWest Germany
BudgetDM 1.1 million

It was shot at the Bavaria Studios in Munich with sets designed by Nino Borghi. Location shooting took place in Vienna from 4 April to 17 May 1974.[2] The budget was 1.1 million Deutsche Mark, of which the broadcaster ZDF provided 700,000 Mark.[3]

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  1. ^ "Hans Jürgen Syberberg". Filmportal.de (in German). German Film Institute. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Karl May". Filmportal.de (in German). German Film Institute. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Hiob mit Rosen". Der Spiegel (in German). 16 September 1974. Retrieved 7 July 2013.


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