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The Pedestrian (1973)

Der Fußgänger (original title)
When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece.

Director:

Maximilian Schell
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Peggy Ashcroft ... Lady Gray
Gertrud Bald Gertrud Bald ... Henriette Markowitz
Elisabeth Bergner ... Frau Lilienthal
Lil Dagover ... Frau Eschenlohr
Käthe Haack ... Frau von Rautenfeld
Peter Hall ... Rudolf Hartmann
Ruth Hausmeister Ruth Hausmeister ... Inge Marie Giese
Dagmar Hirtz Dagmar Hirtz ... Elke Giese
Johanna Hofer Johanna Hofer ... Frau Bergedorf
Silvia Hürlimann Silvia Hürlimann ... Hilde
Christian Kohlund ... Erwin Gotz
Walter Kohut Walter Kohut ... Dr. Rolf Meineke
Alexander May Alexander May ... Alexander Markowitz
Herbert Mensching Herbert Mensching ... Reporter
Peter Moland Peter Moland ... Reporter
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When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece.

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death of son | See All (1) »

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Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Walter Kohut (Dr. Rolf Meineke) was the brother-in-law of the writer, director and star Maximilian Schell (Andreas Giese). See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie Nr. 7
By Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by the Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Herbert Von Karajan
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confronting the past
26 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The Nazi wartime past of a prominent German industrialist is uncovered by a tabloid newspaper hungry for another exposé, and the investigation prompts a second look into the auto accident which killed the man's oldest son. Director Maximillian Schell, who appears briefly on screen (in flashback) as the deceased son, uses the story to examine the skeletons in his country's closet, and to scratch once again the collective guilt of the German people. The film's major liability is its European-style post-dubbed English soundtrack, and to a lesser degree the outdated cut-and-splice collage editing, a smokescreen technique often used to give a film more 'meaning'. Otherwise it's an engrossing study of national responsibility, and on an even more intimate scale of a man haunted by the ghosts of his criminal past.


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Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

6 September 1973 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pedestrian See more »

Filming Locations:

Jaffa, Israel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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