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Der Panzerknacker (2006)

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Peter Dörfler

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Peter Dörfler
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Germany

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German

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7 August 2006 (Germany) See more »

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The real great bank-robbery
19 December 2006 | by cpt_futureSee all my reviews

The myth of becoming rich and wealthy through one single short and quick effort in life - in this case a great bank-robbery - is being displayed perfectly in this film.

Through the eyes of the intelligent and likable mind-master Otto Schäfer(who always planed the robberies in a perfect and polite manner and never wanted to harm people) we discover notions about the idealistic world of life without any financial problems, the adrenalin-kick of robberies nearly practiced like sports, the search for self-fulfillment and the aim to reach standards of a good "decent" life.

Who has not dreamed of becoming rich and not being forced to go to work every morning? Is this dream worth to commit a crime? And does an imprisonment for many years (15,5) "heal" or re-socialize such people?

In a poetic and nearly philosophic way of narration this documentary combines the off-comments of the "tank-buster" who is only visible in photographs of the past with information taken out of interviews with friends, former employers, police-officers, victims and witnesses. Very special: The documentary uses many interesting variations of computer-controlled still-visualizations that make the narration very authentic and traceable.

The spectator understands why Otto Schäfer and his criminal companions had to do what they did and that in fact a lot of people admired them for their "courage" to commit intelligent robberies. Only through an anonymous call they could have been discovered and finally put into jail.


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