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Carlos (Germany, Israel 1971 / Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer )

  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Release Date: 20.11.1971

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Gottfried John (Carlos), Anna Karina (Clara), Bernhard Wicki (Phillip), Thomas Hunter (Pedro), Horst Frank (Ligo), Geraldine Chaplin (Lisa)
  • Screenplay: Hans W. Geissendörfer (based on Don Carlos by Friedrich von Schiller)
  • Cinematography: Robby Müller [Color 1,33:1]
  • Music: Ernst Brandner
  • Producer: Karl Helmer


In the Southwest of 1915 Carlos backs an intended uprising of the common countymen against his father Phillip, a despotic landowner who exploits the rural poors in his silver mines. But Carlos' indecision and his love for his young and beautiful stepmother leads into a failure.


In 1971 Hans W. Geisendörfer went with an illustrious cast to Israel to turn Schiller's classic drama Don Carlos with teutonic heaviness into a film, which could very well be called a western. The result, which due to complicated contracts and shooting problems was only shown on German TV, is not too remarkable but still worth a look (or two). // by Stanton


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