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Jörg Ratgeb - Painter (1978)

Jörg Ratgeb - Maler (original title)
On the eve of the Peasants' War, painter Jörg Ratgeb is in search of a Christ figure. He can't find anyone who can fulfill this longing. Cast into self-doubt, he leaves his wife and ... See full summary »

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Jörg Ratgeb
Margrit Tenner ...
Barbara
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Bischof
Günter Naumann ...
Joß Fritz
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Junge Bäurin
Henry Hübchen ...
Thomas Niedler
Rolf Hoppe ...
Gaukler
Marylu Poolman ...
Seine Frau
Martin Trettau ...
Helga Göring ...
Agnes Dürer
Hilmar Baumann ...
Vogt
Thomas Neumann ...
Christoph Enderlin
Monika Hildebrand ...
Frau Ratgeb
Giso Weißbach ...
Kommandeur
Günter Rüger ...
Fiedler
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On the eve of the Peasants' War, painter Jörg Ratgeb is in search of a Christ figure. He can't find anyone who can fulfill this longing. Cast into self-doubt, he leaves his wife and children in pursuit of the path of his role model, Albrecht Dürer. Until now, he has kept out of political struggles and away from the Union, who wanted him to paint their flag. Yet his experiences on the journey eventually drag him into the political struggle. He sees how the mute Barbara, who had saved his life, is killed by a bishop. A swain, who was his Christ Figure, became executioner and then got hanged himself. A juggler had to pay for the delivery of truth with his own life. Now Ratgeb paints how he really sees things. With his denial of all authority, he becomes the leader of the insurrectionists and is executed in 1526 by being torn apart by four horses. Written by DEFA Film Library

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26 May 1978 (East Germany)  »

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Awesome movie about midevil times, totally overlooked !
27 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie in west germany, where I was able to get east german TV. I was not only impressed about the accurate details of this film noir, but also about the very suspensefull story.

This movie accomplished a high degree of realism, in sometimes gritty fashion. There is no sugar coating, like in most hollywood productions about this topic, nor any gross overdramatisations. A movie that has to be seen , to be believed.

I hope there will be a time, where the viewers will get fed up with the constant "fantasy - run of the mill" material, and view movies that portrait more historic realism. Like this movie truly does. This movie proofs, that they can be also highly entertaining: Great battle scenes with awesome fotography.


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