There are some good acts that even Satan condones. Here's a very unlikely recepient of this largesse - a Nazi general.
The Hyderabad Film Club, in association with Goethe Zenthrum Hyderabad, is presenting a festival of German Films directed by Helmut Kautner, at the Sarathi Studio and the Goethe premises, from 18th to 24th September. As part of the festival, "The Devil's General" is being screened today at Goethe-Zenthrum, the German Association.
The Devil’s General was based on an immensely successful postwar play by German author Carl Zuckmeyer. A courageous Luftwaffe officer loves the military, even though he can barely tolerate the Nazi regime. Sickened by wartime atrocities, he renounces his government, and is thereupon imprisoned and tortured.
Once released, the general takes pity on a downtrodden Jewish family. This isolated act of kindness is a point in his favor when he stands before Satan himself for his final judgment.
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debut was with the film Kitty and the World Conference (Kitty Und Die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the film was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its pro-English tendencies.
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.