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Z.B. ... Otto Spalt (1988)

At last filmmaker Otto Spalt wants to do what he has always dreamed of: the time has come to make his big feature film. There's just one little thing he still needs and that's the money. At... See full summary »

Director:

René Perraudin

Writer:

René Perraudin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Otto Sander ... Otto Spalt
Katharina Thalbach ... Tamara
Udo Samel ... Edgar
Peter Fitz Peter Fitz ... The Director
Rolf Zacher ... Schnellwindt
Alfred Edel Alfred Edel ... Dr. Kohlhammer
Romy Haag Romy Haag ... Maria Loria
Irm Hermann ... Mrs. Spalt
Harald Effenberg Harald Effenberg ... Lothar Linsmeyer
Günter Meisner ... Bobby Steinbeck
Helmut Krauss Helmut Krauss ... Tarzan
Heinz Meier Heinz Meier ... Prof. Pruefspitz
Ingeborg Steiert Ingeborg Steiert ... Mrs. Dr. Donnermann
Dieter Kursawe Dieter Kursawe ... Vicar Leucht
Valentin Platareanu ... Scientist from KGB
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Storyline

At last filmmaker Otto Spalt wants to do what he has always dreamed of: the time has come to make his big feature film. There's just one little thing he still needs and that's the money. At the 189th board meeting of the Executive Committee for the Evaluation of Film Projects the combined expertise of a grotesque jury will decide Otto's future film. Will Otto manage to convince the panel of his artistic talent? Otto Spalt is relying wholly on the effects of his five short films, which he duly presents to the illustrious tribunal: a lavish production involving 5000 actors ("Phantom"), a sensitive melodrama addressing the question of the right direction in life ("Backwards"), a duel with the inherent violence of the flesh ("Meat Ball Pauli"), a breathtaking action-packed thriller ("Murder By Scissors") and a sizzling tale of espionage about micro- and potato-chips ("Close Up") are calculated to open the eyes and the purse of the Film Productions Committee. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 March 1988 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Case of Mr. Spalt See more »

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Technical Specs

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Case of Mr. Spalt has a 10-year long production history. René Perraudin made his film over the years, firstly in the form of five separate short films. They were all made from the very beginning with the full-length film in mind, each starring Otto Sander, and the background story linking the episodes together into a complete film with one storyline was added last. See more »

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The 'Boulette Pauli' (Meat Ball Pauli) is credited as 'not seen'. See more »

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Features Der Mord mit der Schere (1984) See more »

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