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Confessions of Felix Krull (1957)

Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (original title)
Confessions of impostor Felix Krull.


Kurt Hoffmann


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Buchholz ... Felix Krull
Liselotte Pulver ... Zaza
Ingrid Andree ... Zouzou Kuckuck
Susi Nicoletti Susi Nicoletti ... Madame Houpflé
Paul Dahlke ... Professor Kuckuck
Ilse Steppat ... Maria Pia Kuckuck
Walter Rilla ... Lord Kilmarnock
Alice Treff ... Venostas Mutter
Peer Schmidt ... Marquis de Venosta
Karl Ludwig Lindt Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Venostas Vater
Werner Hinz Werner Hinz ... Stabsarzt
Heinz Reincke ... Stanko
Paul Henckels ... Schimmelpreester
Heidi Brühl ... Eleanor
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Gestellungspflichtiger


Confessions of impostor Felix Krull.

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West Germany



Release Date:

25 April 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions of Felix Krull See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Production Co:

Filmaufbau See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The American distributor billed Horst Buchholz as "Henry Bookholt" to help disguise the foreign origins of the film. See more »


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Enchanting Rogue
16 October 2005 | by ronnmullen33782See all my reviews

This film was my introduction to Horst Buchholz. Albsolutely delightful! I have been chasing a copy of it for years, and finally located a VHS of it -- it has recently been released on DVD in Germany. If you can get your hands on it, do so. The young Buchholz is an enchanting rogue in this saga of the rise of a charming confidence man, swindling and cheating his way to the top. He sent on to star in films in the US and in Europe, but was seldom as delightful as here, in this early work. His innate good looks and personality are given free reign. One of the most delightful scenes in the epileptic fit he throws for the draft board to avoid military service. Inspired!

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