Der Totmacher

Der Totmacher

Deutschland 1995, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Deathmaker

In 1924 - when Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau′s "The Last Laugh" is made, Thomas Mann′s "The Magic Mountain" appears, and Adolf Hitler is charged in Munich with high treason - a criminal case in Hannover causes a stir among the German public. The businessman Fritz Haarmann admits to having killed 24 young men and having cut up their bodies. He rejects the accusation of cannibalism. The psychiatric report, which is to clarify the question of Haarmann's soundness of mind, is commissioned from Professor Dr. Ernst Schulze. In August 1924, six weeks of examinations begin in the Provincial Mental Asylum in Goettingen. The conversations are recorded by a stenographer and serve as the basis for this film. The texts are authentically reproduced. The film′s plot takes place entirely in the examination room of Professor Schulze.

The most awful murderer of the 20th century, as Fritz Haarmann was described, inspired artists, writers and film directors like George Grosz and Alfred Hrdlicka, Alfred Doeblin (for the figure of Franz Biberkopf in "Berlin Alexanderplatz") and Fritz Lang (for Peter Lorre′s role in "M").

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Romuald Karmakar
Assistant director:Doris Wedemeier
Script supervisor:Gabi Pauler
Screenplay:Michael Farin, Romuald Karmakar
based on:Prof. Ernst Schultze (Protokolle und Gutachten der gerichtspsychiatrischen Untersuchung)
Director of photography:Fred Schuler
Assistant camera:Gerd Kappes
Clapper loader:Michael Nußbaum
Optical effects:Pit Zaepernick (Matte-Painting)
Still photography:Thomas Elsner, Oliver Kühl, Eva Bertram, Yvonne Kranz
Lighting design:Peter Hartl, Florian Süssmayr
Key grip:Stefan Rüsenberg
Production design:Toni Lüdi
Set design:Roland Wimmer (Assistenz)
Drawings:Thomas Elsner (Grafik)
Property master:Petra Faißt, Renate Lohmann, Roland Wimmer
Stand-by props:Pit Zaepernick
Make-up artist:Wolfgang Böge
Costume design:Peri De Bragança
Costumes:Martina Schall
Editing:Peter Przygodda
Assistant editor:Oli Weiss, Rita Mauricio Przygodda
Sound editor:André Bendocchi-Alves
Sound:Robi Güver
Sound assistant:Serkan Öztürk, Joern Poetzl (Foley), Jochen Eickenberg
Foley artist:Joern Poetzl
Audio mixing:Matthias Lempert
Consultant:Herbert Pfeiffer (Wissenschaftliche Beratung), Christine Pozsár (Wissenschaftliche Beratung), Matthias M. Weber (Wissenschaftliche Beratung)
  
Cast: 
Götz GeorgeFritz Haarmann
Jürgen HentschProf. Ernst Schultze
Pierre FranckhStenograf
Hans-Michael RehbergKommissar Rätz
Matthias FuchsDr. Machnik
Marek HarloffFürsorgezögling Kress
Christian HonholdWärter Schweimler
Rainer FeisthornArzt
  
Production company:Pantera Film GmbH (Berlin), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Südwestfunk (SWF) (Baden-Baden)
in association with:MTM Cineteve GmbH (München-Geiselgasteig)
Producer:Gebhard Henke, Christian Granderath, Romuald Karmakar, Thomas Schühly
Producer (TV):Christian Granderath, Gebhard Henke
Executive producer:Peter Herrmann
Line producer:Uli Putz
Unit production manager:Jimmy C. Gerum
Production supervisor:Uli Putz
Location manager:Sandra Barger (Set), Veronika Bauriedl
Production assistant:Stefan Eberlein, Nicole Wiener
Location manager (other):Peter Dress (Produktionsberatung)
Shoot:20.02.1995-17.03.1995: ehemalige Graf-Goltz-Kaserne (Hamburg)
Original distributor:Warner Bros. Pictures Germany GmbH (Hamburg)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), Filmbüro Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (Mühlheim)
Length:3140 m, 115 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 17.11.1995, 74201, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (IT): 29.08.1995, Venedig, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 23.11.1995;
TV-Erstsendung: 04.03.1998, ARD

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Der Totmacher

Versions

Original

Length:3140 m, 115 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 17.11.1995, 74201, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (IT): 29.08.1995, Venedig, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 23.11.1995;
TV-Erstsendung: 04.03.1998, ARD
 

Awards

Deutscher Filpreis 1996
Filmband in Gold , Darstellerische Leistungen
 
Deutscher Filmpreis 1996
Filmband in Gold, Beste Regie
Filmband in Gold, Bester Film
 
Bayerischer Filmpreis 1996
Darstellerpreis
 
Jury der evangelischen Filmarbeit 1995
Film des Monats Dezember 1995
 
Hessischer Filmpreis 1995
Beste Regie
 
IFF Venedig 1995
Coppa Volpi für den besten Darsteller