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The Last Hole (1981)

Das letzte Loch (original title)
Comedy shot without a script on Super-8mm as a silent film, with intertitles later inserted between scenes. What unfolds is a familiar Achternbusch tale in which the protagonist (here his ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Herbert Achternbusch ... Der Nil
Annamirl Bierbichler Annamirl Bierbichler ... Letzte Susn
Franz Baumgartner Franz Baumgartner ... Blöde Wolke
Gabi Geist Gabi Geist ... Susn
Wolfgang Ebert Wolfgang Ebert ... Arzt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erwin Eisch Erwin Eisch
Gunter Freyse Gunter Freyse
Waltraut Galler Waltraut Galler
Karolina Herbig Karolina Herbig
Alois Hitzenbichler Alois Hitzenbichler
Normann Knoop Normann Knoop
Helga Loder Helga Loder
Helmut Neumayer Helmut Neumayer
Barbara Ossenkopp Barbara Ossenkopp
Alois Pongratz Alois Pongratz
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Comedy shot without a script on Super-8mm as a silent film, with intertitles later inserted between scenes. What unfolds is a familiar Achternbusch tale in which the protagonist (here his alter-ego, Hick) is driven by a mad longing and becomes irretrievably lost. Unable to meet the demands of the workaday world, Hick wanders alone through the city and, as in many of Achternbusch's films, enters an intermediate realm in which the dead interact with the living: he encounters and falls in love with a mummy, searches for an Egyptian queen, and stalks the inner regions of the hereafter, which lie in the middle of Munich. (Harvard Film Archive) Written by Alun Gowan

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A challenging but fun and completely unique film.
8 June 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

This pitch-black absurdist and surrealist comedy about the legacy of German guilt for the deaths of 6 million Jews is surprisingly funny and accessible -- for what is essentially a hyper-low budget experimental film about some very depressing ideas.

There are echoes of Bunuel and Beckett, and the dialogue is witty and often nonsensical on a literal level. But it never feels self-serious, self-righteous or 'good for you' in the way you might expect from an obtuse black and white film about a man tortured by the concept of responsibility and the holocaust.

Looking for a way to block his pain and sense of terrible responsibility, Nile drinks 40 pints of beer a day. If he drinks enough all the dead Jews who haunt him disappear for him for the day. But then at night they come back. He goes to a doctor who suggests he switch to drinking schnapps – better for forgetting. Each shot of schnapps will let Nile forget about one Jew. 20 shots in a bottle, so each bottle will let him forget 20. Nile just has to drink 300,000 bottle of schnapps and he will be able to finally, completely forget. So the doctor writes him a prescription.

That terrifically realized scene really captured what I admire and enjoy about the film. It's very funny and vaguely insane on the surface level, but there are deadly serious themes and ideas underneath the almost Monty Python level weirdness.

I hope it someday gets a DVD or streaming release that would allow it to be seen by a wider audience. It certainly has a critical reputation that would warrant that.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 October 1981 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó kráter See more »

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1.37 : 1
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