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The Death King (1990)
"Der Todesking" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  25 January 1990 (West Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hermann Kopp ...
Man (segment "Montag")
Heinrich Ebber ...
Video Fan (segment "Dienstag")
Michael Krause ...
Man in Park (segment "Mittwoch")
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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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More Buttgereit Brilliance
11 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't care if Spielberg, Scorsese and Coppola never made another film (actually, I'd be rather grateful), but the possibility that Joerg Buttgereit might never direct another movie is truly upsetting. It's been 13 years since his last film, Schramm, but I live in hope.

Der Todesking is one of Buttgereit's most accessible films. That could be the very reason why I was so disappointed with it when I first saw it. After the filth and carnage of Nekromantik, Der Todesking seemed almost timid. The film is a collection of vignettes relating to suicide and death, linked by footage of a rotting corpse. The gore is very mild in comparison to Joerg's other movies and the violence is largely implicit. Strangely enough, the film has grown on me immensely over time and despite my initial misgivings, I now consider it to be my favourite Buttgereit opus.

This is a cerebral and beautifully constructed film. Buttgereit has always exceeded in making the most repulsive act (having a threesome with a rotting corpse, for example) visually appealing. This film is no exception, containing some truly brilliant imagery. The scene where a man shoots his wife and then puts an empty picture frame on the blood splattered wall is one example, the man who screams and beats his head against a wall for literally five minutes is another. The film also benefits from a higher standard of acting than some of Buttgereit's other films. The director himself even has a nice cameo in the Ilsa inspired video.

Hopefully Germany's most fabulous pervert will get off his butt and make another film in the near future. In the meantime, Der Todesking is a great reminder of Joerg Buttgereit's skill and genius.


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