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Der Todesking (1990)

Seven episodes, each taking place on a different day of the week, on the theme of suicide and violent death.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hermann Kopp ...
Man (segment "Montag")
Heinrich Ebber ...
Video Fan (segment "Dienstag")
Michael Krause ...
Man in Park (segment "Mittwoch")
Eva-Maria Kurz ...
Spinster (segment "Freitag") (as Eva M. Kurz)
Angelika Hoch ...
Assassin (segment "Samstag")
Nicholas Petche ...
Man (segment "Sonntag")
Susanne Betz ...
Girl in Park (segment "Mittwoch")
Mark Reeder ...
Soldier (segment "Dienstag")
Hille Saul ...
Soldier with Shears (segment "Dienstag")
Ades Zabel ...
Shopkeeper (segment "Dienstag")
Jörg Buttgereit ...
Torture Victim (segment "Dienstag") / Voice of Projectionist (segment "Samstag")
Bela B. ...
Singer (segment "Samstag") (as Dirk Felsenheimer)
Andreas Doehler ...
(as Andreas Döhler)
Alexander Kiersch
Bettina Buchholz
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Seven episodes, each taking place on a different day of the week, on the theme of suicide and violent death.

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Drama | Horror

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25 January 1990 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Der Todesking: The Death King  »

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References The Toolbox Murders (1978) See more »

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Move - Did You Learn Your Cathechism
By The Angelus
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Buttgereit's version of a H.C. Andersen fairytale
21 December 2010 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Jörg Buttgereit's films are not for everyone, but I have to say he has become my favorite horror director in the period 1985-1995. Buttgeriet has made his own art-house-horror genre and the more I watch, the more I like his style.

In Der Todesking Jörg Buttgereit was obviously inspired by Ole Luk-Oie (transl: "Ole Shut-Eye") - H.C. Anderssen's famous fairytale about the Sandman. As a kid the Sunday story always got me, the one where Ole Luk-Oie tells he has brother - also named Ole Luk-Oie - who only comes to you once and another name for him is...Death Jørg Buttgereit's fairytale is similar in structure: For every day in the week we are presented with a short story. But this is no fairytale for kids about sweet dreams. It's a diary of suicide and death. In the end you learn the truth about people going crazy and killing others and who the Death King really is...

As usual the film is accompanied by Buttgereit's trademark soundtracks: The lonely piano, the dissonant (bit amateurish) fiddle tunes etc. If Buttgereit is your cup of tea you can't go wrong...


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