This historical satire, based on Heinrich Mann's world-famous novel, Der Untertan, is ranked by film critics among the 100 Most Significant German Films of all time. In Mann's biting critique of conservative Wilhelmine Germany, written during WWI, Diederich Hessling learns an important lesson for an ambitious man: one must first serve power to gain power for oneself. From then on, his modus operandi is to bow to superiors and kick underlings.
The Kaiser's lackey = Der Untertan.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Title from title frames.
Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1951.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Staudte, Wolfgang, director.; Peters, Werner, actor.; Esser, Paul, actor.; Ebinger, Blandine, actor.; Nadler, Erich, actor.
The Kaiser's lackey