Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk
|The Adventures of the Good Soldier Schwejk|
|Also known as||Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk|
|Created by||Wolfgang Liebeneier|
|Based on||The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek|
|Country of origin||Austria, West Germany|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||13 in 2 Series|
|Running time||59 Minutes per Episode|
|Production company(s)||ORF, ZDF|
|Original release||6 February 1972– 1976|
Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk (Translated to The adventures of the good soldier Schwejk) is a television series produced by the ORF and ZDF and directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner. It is based on the novel Der brave Soldat Schwejk by Jaroslav Hašek and was broadcast from 1972 to 1976. Fritz Muliar played the leading role.
The Bohemian dog salesman Josef Schwejk (Fritz Muliar) is someone, who enjoys life to the full and cheats his way through life, in Prague at the start of the 20th century, when Prague was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and before any World Wars had taken place. He was referred to publicly as an idiot who registered as a soldier when there was a greater chance of WW1 breaking out. Here he survives frequent hair-raising adventures that drive some of the people he meets into desperation.
Wolfgang Liebeneiner also directed Die Schatzinsel, which was broadcast as a four-part series around Christmas. Through its success and because he had also filmed "Schwejks Flegeljahre" (English: Schweijk's years of being a brat) with Peter Alexander in the leading role, Liebeneiner was encouraged to produce the series.
It was a foregone conclusion that Fritz Muliar would play the role of Schwejk. Fritz Muliar was even greatly acknowledged by Heinz Rühmann for his role, who had already played Schwejk in the movie of the same name.
The first season consisting of six episodes was already a big success in 1972. However three years passed until the second season which had seven new episodes could be produced because people who were involved were not available.
Filming took place in Krems an der Donau (in the series Prague), on the shipyard of Korneuburg (in the series marine ammunition storage of Trieste) as well as in the Weinviertel "wine quarter" (amongst others at the Karnabrunn train station along the line of Korneuburg-Hohenau).
A DVD with all 13 episodes of the series has been available for purchase since the 17 November 2008.