The summerly adventures of Kurt (Tucholsky) and girl friend staying in a Swedish castle whilst the political changes in Germany in the thirties.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasmin Tabatabai ...
Chefredakteur / Verleger
Leif Liljeroth ...
Baron Valberg
Frau Andersson
Anette Felber ...
Frau Adriani
Sara Föttinger ...
Katharina Blaschke ...
Hagere Nichte
Gerlinde Klug ...
Stumme Nichte
Giora Seeliger ...
Lena Reichmuth ...
Kollegin (as Bernarda Reichmuth)
Christiane Brammer ...


Based on the Kurt Tucholsky's novel Schloss Gripsholm and on his real life story, this beautifully produced feature film plunges the audience into the pleasure-craving, decadent world of Berlin cabaret at the beginning of the 1930s. Kurt Tucholsky, who was an important Jewish German intellectual, give us Kurt, a German-Jewish publisher, ironic author and, thanks to his risqué chanson lyrics, a celebrated star of the cabaret. After writing inflammatory articles about the Nazis, in the summer of 1932, Kurt travels to the Swedish palace of Gripsholm with his girlfriend Lydia and their friends, the seductive vaudeville singer Billie and the passionate fly-boy Karlchen. Nothing will ever be the same again. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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Release Date:

16 November 2000 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem ideje  »

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DEM 10,400,000 (estimated)

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The film takes place in 1932. See more »


Some of the bathing scenes show a lake surrounded by high, rocky mountains. In fact, Gripsholm castle is situated outside Stockholm where the country is flat with only some small hills; the nearest rocky mountains can be found more than 200 miles away from Gripsholm. See more »


Referenced in Gripsholm - Zwischen Gestern und Morgen (2001) See more »

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A last couple of happy days in sombre times
9 December 2000 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

The film goes beyond Tucholsky's light autobiographic Novel by picturing the process of Nazi takeover and its effect on the intellectual and artist community. Writer and journalist Kurt Tucholsky is trying to evade the growing political and legal pressure aimed against his pacifist activism by taking some vacation together with his girlfriend Lydia. Together they spend some happy days in Gripsholm Castle, Sweden. Although a visit by his old pal Karl who has turned into a Nazi admirer temporarily reminds him of the unpleasant changes that take place back home, he finds distraction in comfy country life, in caring for an unfortunate runaway child and erotic adventures together with Lydia and Billie, a Berlin variété singer. Ultimately his attempt to evade reality lead into exile and isolation. Although quite conventional and ultimately predictable in its making, the film succeeds in depicting the dilemma of German intellectuals in exile. A beautiful soundtrack and excellent acting are additional assets.

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