Tecumseh (film)

Tecumseh is a 1972 East German western film directed by Hans Kratzert and starring Gojko Mitić, Annekathrin Bürger and Rolf Römer. The film depicts the life of the Native American leader Tecumseh (1768–1813), including his role in Tecumseh's War and his later death in the War of 1812 while fighting with the British against the United States.

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Directed byHans Kratzert
Written by
Music byGünther Fischer
CinematographyWolfgang Braumann
Edited byMonika Schindler
Distributed byDEFA
Release date
  • 1 July 1972 (1972-07-01)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryEast Germany

The film is a red western made by DEFA, the state-owned East German studio.[1] It is part of a popular string of films starring the Yugoslav actor Gojko Mitić which, in line with the policies of Communist East Germany, attempted to present a more critical, but also more realistic, view of American expansion to the West than was characterized by Hollywood. The film, along with others, was also made partly in response to the successful series of Karl May films made in West Germany.[2]

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  1. ^ Ginsberg & Mensch p. 38
  2. ^ Bergfelder p. 203


  • Bergfelder, Tim (2005) [2004]. International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-productions in the 1960s. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-539-2.
  • Ginsberg, Terri; Mensch, Andrea, eds. (2012). A Companion to German Cinema. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-4051-9436-5.

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