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The Captain from Koepenick

 
Title: The Captain from Koepenick
Original title: Der Hauptmann von Köpenick
Format: two hours
Starring: Heinz Rühmann
Hannelore Schroth
Martin Held
Erich Schellow
Willy A. Kleinau
Directed by: Helmut Kaeutner
Produced by: Produced by Real Film

The Captain from Koepenick

In Berlin at the turn of the century, ex-convict Wilhelm Voigt has no identity card, without this he cannot get a job and without a job he is not entitled to a card. When threatened with deportation, he acquires a captain's uniform from a second-hand shop, commandeers a platoon of sol- diers and takes over the Koepenick town hall with the intention of issuing a passport to himself. On discovering that no idenitity cards are issued at Koepenick he is forced to surrender to the waiting authorities. The emperor, however, is so amused at his soldier's Prussian obedience that Voigt receives the document he so badly needs. Zuckmayer's "fairy- tale" combines satire and earthy humour.