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Zur Sache, Schätzchen (1968)

A free-wheeling comedy, Zur Sache Schaetzchen chronicles a day in the life of Martin, a witty yet lazy songwriter who'd rather not get out of bed. During the opening sequence, Martin ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Enke ...
Henry van Lyck ...
Henry van Busch
Rainer Basedow ...
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Inge Marschall ...
Helmut Brasch ...
Viktor Block
Joachim Schneider ...
Fritz Schuster ...
Horst Pasderski ...
Ursula Bode
Edith Volkmann ...
Martin Lüttge ...
Dichter im Fahrstuhl
Erwin Dietzel ...
Li Bonk ...
Blocks Sekretärin


A free-wheeling comedy, Zur Sache Schaetzchen chronicles a day in the life of Martin, a witty yet lazy songwriter who'd rather not get out of bed. During the opening sequence, Martin watches a break-in on the other side of the street. In the morning, his friend Henry forces him to report it to the police, yet Martin gets bored with the cops and flees. The two of them spent the rest of the day escaping the law, in the Munich zoo and a public bath, were Martin meets Barbara. Block, the record company executive, needs Martin's new song lyrics right away, and Martin, who continually cranks out mad random remarks, comes up with a ridiculous sailor song. In the end, Martin's playful- ness collides with the authority the police represents. The movie is certainly not plot based; it draws its superior humor from one-liners and the hilarious, carefree insanity of its protagonist. Written by Jurgen Muck Fauth

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4 January 1968 (West Germany)  »

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Director May Spils and male lead Werner Enke wrote and made this movie as a couple. And although Enke's semi-autobiographical role displays him as insouciant, flippant, variable and erratic, the two have stayed together ever since. See more »


When Martin escapes from the police for the first time, he exhales smoke although he is not holding a cigarette. See more »


Referenced in Wenn mein Schätzchen auf die Pauke haut (1971) See more »

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A Movie That Simply Won't Age (Unlike Uschi Glas)
4 July 2007 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

To contradict an earlier user comment, this movie is to me pretty much the opposite of "tedious avant-garde". I mean it's avant-garde in the good sense -- innovative but without foot-stepping some dogma that has been decreed by the Cahiers du cinéma -- and it certainly isn't tedious. Spils and Enke (the director and the male hero of the movie, who made this movie as a real-life couple) have done an exceptional, almost documentarian, job of capturing the mood of the times by condensing it into several outstanding characters.

If you have become used to the established Hollywood version of "The Sixties", where it's the Fifties in one scene, and then, bang!, the Sixties, cue "Turn! Turn! Turn!" from The Byrds and roll out the flowery shirts and nappy hairdos, then you're in for a surprise. It's the revolution, all right, but our heroes wear long-sleeved buttoned shirts, properly combed hair, the Vietnam war seems to be a hundred years in the offing, and the banjo-whistely soundtrack would have made Jimi Hendrix run for his tour bus.

Munich-Schwabing, where most of this movie was shot, had been Germany's political hotbed for some years, and in 1967 "the action" had just moved on to other cities. You can smell a whiff of the eternal Bavarian revolutionary credo in the air: "A bissl was geht allerwei!" -- which may be instantly congenial but is, unfortunately, completely untranslatable.

By the way, my favorite scenes are when the different characters enter the elevator and meet its inhabitant, an obscure studenty character who apparently lives there, and spends his time reading, writing, drinking coffee and smoking. Slightly embarrassed and nervous glances are exchanged, no explanation is ever given.

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