Life under Hitler's regime could not have been fun for anyone. Not even, as this film shows, for a car.
The Hyderabad Film Club, in association with Goethe Zenthrum Hyderabad, is presenting a festival of German Films directed by Helmut Kautner, at Sarathi Studio and the Goethe premises, from 18th to 24th September. As part of the festival, "In Those Days" is being screened today at 6:00 PM at Sarathi Studios.
An early post-war production, this film was shot in the ruins of Germany in 1947. Helmut Kautner and his co-author Ernst Schnabel used the novel idea of telling the story from the perspective of a car: from its first registration in 1933 through to its final scrapping in 1947. Thus they re-tell the history of an era.
Through 7 episodes, the fates of the car’s successive owners are depicted, among them a composer whose music is classed as degenerate; a Jewish couple; a deserting soldier; and an old woman who is fleeing the Nazis.
The film takes a sincere look at life under Hitler’s regime. It presents a multi-faceted view of Germany, recalling the social and human ambience of those days.
Helmut Kaeutner was born in 1908 in Duesseldorf and died in 1980 in Italy. He studied German, Art History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theater Studies. He began his film career as a scriptwriter. His directorial debut was with the film Kitty and the World Conference (Kitty Und Die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the movie was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its pro-English leanings.
Later on, he went on to make great films like Kleider Machen Leute (1940), Auf Wiedersehen Franziska! (1941), Anuschka (1942), Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7 (1944), In Jenen Tagen (1947), Des Teufels General (1955), Zu Jung (1958) and Die Feuerzangenbowle (1970), among others.
His film Dis Letzte Bruecke won a German Film Award in 1954, and Der Hauptmann von Koepenik won two German Film Awards in 1957.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy, Secretary of the Hyderabad Film Club, at 93910-20243, or Goethe-Zenthrum at 5552-6443/2324-1791 for further details.