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Zwei Tote im Sender und Don Carlos im Pogl (1982)

TV Movie  -  Comedy
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A writer comes to the TV station for the final work on his film. Meanwhile in another studio a version of Don Carlos is produced. But the writer is not happy: he is entered as "right" into ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Claus Biederstaedt
Heinz Ehrenfreund
Peter Pasetti
Jürgen von Manger ...
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Alexander May
Ingeborg Lapsien
Gerd Vespermann
Walter Gross
Brigitte Mira
Karl-Ulrich Meves
Paul Edwin Roth
Anita Kupsch
Hans Hessling
Joost Siedhoff
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A writer comes to the TV station for the final work on his film. Meanwhile in another studio a version of Don Carlos is produced. But the writer is not happy: he is entered as "right" into the security system, to keep the PoGl (political balance) in the building, and worse: his film has been changed against his will. The director of Don Carlos is not happy, too: He doesn't want his cast to wear blue clothes (he is using blue box). In an argument about it, he gets bitten by a watchdog. Later in the day a politician dies while being prepared for his appearance in a talk show. But when an editor (searching for the unhappy writer) gets fatally attacked by the watchdogs (they are now in the Don Carlos studio to lock them away) the PoGl is again balanced. Written by Fernseh Glotzer

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hilarious satire on German public television
24 August 2006 | by (Munich, Bavaria) – See all my reviews

One of the most funny films I have ever seen. It provides deep insights into how television is made in the so called "Öffentlich-rechtliche Fernsehanstalten" that were typical of German television from the fifties to the early eighties. But even today these dinosaurs still exist and work similar to how they are portrayed in this picture. The fundamental guideline of the channel in this movie (and this is a bit exaggerated) is the Pogl - "POlitisches GLeichgewicht", the political balancing of the two major political parties of Germany in this channel. A foreign author is thrust into the processes of a television channel, because one of his books is to be filmed for the "Fernsehspiel". A "young" and promising director hosts him and tries to explain the myriad of unbelievable ongoings that happen all around them and that are taken for granted by the people working there. I will not say more as it could not do this film justice.


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