THE BRUTALISATION OF FRANZ BLUM
Franz Blum robs a bank, gets locked up for five years and comes to know a world where life is brutal and direct: Might makes right, the strong rule and humiliate the weak. Blum realizes he has to fit in and follow the rules, learns to use them to his ends and starts to develop his own power, learning to game the system and maneuver his way to the top of the hierarchy. Then he's released on good behavior.
Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Eike Gallwitz, Burkhard Driest, Tilo Prückner, Günther Meissner, Claus-Dieter Reents, Charles Brauer, Kurt Raab u.a.
Screenplay: Burkhard Driest
Director of Photography: W. P. Hassenstein
Film Editor: Jane Sperr
Composer: Mike Lewis
Production Designer: Nikos Perakis
Sound: Lothar Mankewitz
Producer: Eberhard Junkersdorf, G. Witte/WDR
Production Company: Bioskop-Film GmbH
Distributor: STUDIOCANAL GmbH
Director: Reinhard Hauff
TV channel: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
Reinhard Hauff was born 1939 as son of a magistrate in Marburg, Germany. He moved to Munich to study literature and sociology, dropping out to work for television at Munich's Bavaria Studios. The top German entertainment director of the time, Michael Pfleghar, became his mentor starting 1964. But Hauff wanted to make movies: In 1968, he started to make documentaries, TV movies and theatrical films. In 1974, he co-founded Bioskop Film together with Volker Schlöndorff and Eberhard Junkersdorf. STAMMHEIM – THE BAADER-MEINHOF GANG ON TRIAL won the Golden Bear at Berlin 1986. In 1993, he started to retire from active filmmaking and became head of dffb film school in Berlin, where he shared his expertise with young filmmakers until 2005. Reinhard Hauff lives in Munich with his wife.