Between 1981 and 1981, famed German actor Götz George played in 29 episodes Hauptkommissar Horst Schimanski. Since then, he continues playing this character until now, produced by a private TV company. Typologically, Schimanski is the first Tatort-Kommissar who comes from the gutters, although in one out of the 29 movies he tells a young girl that his mother spoiled him from tip to toe. However, his extremely rude and unconsidered behavior that is never filtered by an intellectual instance, seems to prove the first alternative. The negative part of his never happened socialization is more or less equalized by his unconditional efforts for the victims. Schimanski is a kind of a Robin Hood from the Ruhrpott, he does not accept any hierarchies, included also his bosses and basically the whole police organization (besides himself). Because of his extremely courageous, yet primitive commitment, he is, in Duisburg, from all police offers the one with the highest number of arrests. (Bad tongues would say: If someone shoots with a Kalashnikov towards a Dart board, he cannot avoid certain hits.) On the other side, Schimanmski has to pay a high price for the one who he is: Incapable of self-reflection, he defrauds himself even of his old age money when, after having been arrested himself, he refuses to enter again the police corps. So, still in his old days, he continues the unsteady and fragile life of a private-investigator, living (feeding) on his on past, being revered as a (formal) hero, and yet not as a human being anymore. So, amongst his friends there are exclusively out-laws, drug-addict youths, homeless people (with whom he spends often the nights, the schnapps-bottle at his side). In this way, he is becoming more and more his own caricature. However, the even more tragic part of this story about the character Schimanski is the real actor Götz George behind it, now having passed his 70th birthday since a while already. George has proved that he is capable of extremely subtle and differentiated acting, but with his continued assuming of the role of Schimanksi, he seems just to share soon the bad fate of his character.
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