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The Pedestrian (1973)

Der Fußgänger (original title)
When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece.

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When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece.

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Walter Kohut (Dr. Rolf Meineke) was the brother-in-law of the writer, director and star Maximilian Schell (Andreas Giese). See more »

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confronting the past
26 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Nazi wartime past of a prominent German industrialist is uncovered by a tabloid newspaper hungry for another exposé, and the investigation prompts a second look into the auto accident which killed the man's oldest son. Director Maximillian Schell, who appears briefly on screen (in flashback) as the deceased son, uses the story to examine the skeletons in his country's closet, and to scratch once again the collective guilt of the German people. The film's major liability is its European-style post-dubbed English soundtrack, and to a lesser degree the outdated cut-and-splice collage editing, a smokescreen technique often used to give a film more 'meaning'. Otherwise it's an engrossing study of national responsibility, and on an even more intimate scale of a man haunted by the ghosts of his criminal past.


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