Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel

Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel

BR Deutschland 1975, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven

The film begins as a sequel to "Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?" ("Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?"): Hermann Küsters, who has been working at a tire factory in Frankfurt, shoots and kills a superior and then commits suicide after the company had announced mass layoffs at the plant. His wife, Mutter Küsters (Brigitte Mira), is at first completely helpless coping with this catastrophic event. Her son Ernst (Armin Meier), and his wife Helene (Irm Hermann) in particular, turn away from her because they do not want to be linked with the case of the "factory murderer".

Her daughter Corinna (Ingrid Caven), on the other hand, a night club singer, makes use of the sudden publicity to push her career. A magazine reporter (Gottfried John) who seems to be nicer than the mob of his colleagues publishes a particularly sensational, exxagerated, and defamatory article about the case. Mutter Küsters only finds consolation with Karl Thälmann (Kalrheinz Böhm), a journalist for the German Communist Party (DKP) newspaper "UZ", and his wife Marianne (Margit Carstensen): Both of them explain to her that although her husband′s deed was wrong because of its means, he had reasonable motives as the deed was the result of a decades-long repression at the workplace and a protest against the planned mass layoffs- Mutter Küsters then joins the DKP and explains her motives in a meeting: She feels to be taken seriously and complains about the fact that her husband did not have contact to the Communists to talk about his problems at work. "He is someone who has retaliated because he had been beaten all his life. But the way he did it was wrong... Now I want to make amends."

Mutter Küsters expects the DKP to help her rehabilitate her husband but when nothing happens she seeks help from an "anarchist" (Matthias Fuchs) who had promised to make her case known to the public with a political action. Together with some friends, he seizes the editorial office of the magazine that had published the false report . Horrified, and like in trance, Mutter Küsters has to witness that the terrorist takes hostages and demands the release of all political prisoners in Germany. On the way to their getaway car they get into a gun fight with the police and the terrorist and Mutter Küsters are shot and killed.

Used by kind permission of Wilhelm Roth

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Credits

Director:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of photography:Michael Ballhaus
Editing:Thea Eymèsz
Music:Peer Raben
  
Cast: 
Brigitte MiraEmma Küsters
Ingrid CavenCorinna
Margit CarstensenMarianne Thälmann
Karlheinz BöhmKarl Thälmann
Irm HermannHelene
Gottfried JohnNiemeyer
Armin MeierErnst Küsters
Kurt RaabBarbesitzer Gustav
Peter KernManager des Nachtclubs
Gustav HolzapfelMann im Büro
Peter Chatel1. Fotograf
Peter Bollag2. Fotograf
Vitus ZeplichalReporter
Y Sa LoKnabs Freundin
Liselotte EderFrau Bries, Sekretärin
Matthias FuchsHorst Knab
Volker SpenglerFotograf
Adrian HovenRedakteur im alternativen Ende
Hannes KaetnerHausmeister im alternativen Ende
  
Production company:Tango-Film (München)
Producer:Rainer Werner Fassbinder

All Credits

Director:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Assistant director:Renate Leiffer
Screenplay:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Co-author:Kurt Raab
Director of photography:Michael Ballhaus
Assistant camera:Thomas Schwan
Lighting design:Ekkehard Heinrich
Production design:Kurt Raab
Construction manager:Rüdiger Schmid
Make-up artist:Jo Braun
Editing:Thea Eymèsz
Sound:Wolfgang Hoffmann
Music:Peer Raben
  
Cast: 
Brigitte MiraEmma Küsters
Ingrid CavenCorinna
Margit CarstensenMarianne Thälmann
Karlheinz BöhmKarl Thälmann
Irm HermannHelene
Gottfried JohnNiemeyer
Armin MeierErnst Küsters
Kurt RaabBarbesitzer Gustav
Peter KernManager des Nachtclubs
Gustav HolzapfelMann im Büro
Peter Chatel1. Fotograf
Peter Bollag2. Fotograf
Vitus ZeplichalReporter
Y Sa LoKnabs Freundin
Liselotte EderFrau Bries, Sekretärin
Matthias FuchsHorst Knab
Volker SpenglerFotograf
Adrian HovenRedakteur im alternativen Ende
Hannes KaetnerHausmeister im alternativen Ende
  
Voice:Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Synchronstimme des Pfarrers)
Production company:Tango-Film (München)
Producer:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Unit production manager:Christian Hohoff
Length:3275 m, 120 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 23.07.1975, 47549, ab 16 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 07.07.1975, Berlin, IFF

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel

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Original

Length:3275 m, 120 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 23.07.1975, 47549, ab 16 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 07.07.1975, Berlin, IFF
 

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