Peter Patzak
Karl Kassbach, age 54, lives in Vienna and is the owner of a grocery shop. He can no longer communicate with his wife and his 18 year old son. He has an affair with the new apprentice, Liesi, and his inclination to brutality becomes more pronounced from meeting to meeting. But it is only among his jovial old friends who, like himself, are involved in the activities of the right-extremist organization, 'Initiative' that he feels really secure, the fascist characteristics which he acquired during his youth are here intensified: Together, the comrades go bowling, practice shooting, carry out attacks on guest workers and democratic clubs. During one of these 'actions', Kassbach shoots dead a journalist... The portrait of a petty bourgeois who was exposed to national socialism and is unable to cope with it.
Technical Data
Running time: 110
Format: 35mm
Screen ratio: 1:1.66
Language spoken: German
Subtitles: English
Production year: 1979
Director(s): Peter Patzak
Writer(s): Helmut Zenker, Peter Patzak (based on Helmut Zenker's novel Kassbach oder Das allgemeine Interesse an Meerschweinchen
Cinematography: Dietrich Lohmann
Editing: Traude Gruber
Key cast: Walter Kohut, Immy Schell, Maria Engelstorfer, Konrad Becker, Monika Schöpfer, Franz Buchrieser, Hanno Pöschl, Hans Kraemmer, Erni Mangold, Franz Novotny
Producers: Michael Wolkenstein
Berlin (Competition)
Awards (selection): UNESCO Prize awarded by C.I.D.A.I.C.
Production company
Satel Film GmbH
Linzer Straße 375
1140 Vienna
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