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Der Hauptmann (2017)

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In the last moments of World War II, a young German soldier fighting for survival finds a Nazi captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he is trying to escape from.

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Credited cast:
... Willi Herold
... Freytag
... Kipinski
Bernd Hölscher ... Schütte
... Hansen
... Junker
... Roger
... Schneider
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugenie Anselin ... Irmgard
Hendrik Arnst ... Weyher
... Dr. Kremer
... Dahler-Kaufmann
Marko Dyrlich ... Brockhoff
Rike Eckermann ... Farmer's Wife
Sascha Alexander Gersak ... Sichner
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The Captain follows Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), a German army deserter who stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform during the last, desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he stole only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whosoever that happens to be. A parade of fresh atrocities follow in the self-declared captain's wake, and serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power. Simultaneously a historical docudrama, a tar-black comedy, and a sociological treatise, The Captain presents fascism as a pathetic pyramid scheme, a system to be gamed by the most unscrupulous and hollow-souled. Written by Music Box Films

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If you want to test man's character, give him power
5 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

An interesting movie for 2 main reasons: 1) it shows the fragilities of the Nazi Germany towards the end of the war, with many German soldiers deserting the army (something nobody talks about) and 2) it shows the depths of the human ego and the decadence of character when power is given arbitrarily


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