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This was the first major German film project released after World War II. People flocked to the very few cinemas in the still mostly ruined cities just to listen to the exuberant orchestral rendition of "Gaudeamus" (Let us rejoice). See more »
Though we may be happy with the film adaptations of Curt Goetz' plays, Goetz himself was not the best choice for director of these films (his 1938 "Napoleon ist an allem Schuld" being the exception) nor probably his own best critic in these endeavours; this first production what-so-ever after his return from exile (before his first stage production in 1950) is good proof.
One can imagine the success with the then German audience of the film, as it portrays a doctor who is looking for the cure to stupidity, the stupidity that causes wars and such-like catastrophes. That is how in general this film always is summarized thereby forgetting that the basic premise if the play is a plea for humanity and human dignity; and it is just this aspect of the play that does not come alive in this adaptation. It is strenuously busy in presenting the play despite the fine acting and the witty dialogue. The films ends with a brilliant performance of Gaudeamus Igitur.
In 1952 Curt Goetz assisted Joseph L. Mankiewicz with his adaptation of the play, which would result in "People Will Talk" (1952), a very good film starring Cary Grant.
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