|Directed by||Hans-Jürgen Syberberg|
|Screenplay by||Hans-Jürgen Syberberg|
|Produced by||Hans Jürgen Syberberg|
|Music by||Eugen Thomass|
|Distributed by||Warner-Columbia Filmverleih|
|Budget||DM 1.1 million|
Karl May is a 1974 West German biographical drama film directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, starring Helmut Käutner as the writer Karl May. It is considered the second part in Syberberg's "German trilogy", preceded by Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King from 1972 and succeeded by Hitler: A Film from Germany from 1977.
It was shot at the Bavaria Studios in Munich with sets designed by Nino Borghi. Location shooting took place in Vienna from 4 April to 17 May 1974. The budget was 1.1 million Deutsche Mark, of which the broadcaster ZDF provided 700,000 Mark.
- Helmut Käutner as Karl May
- Kristina Söderbaum as Emma
- Käthe Gold as Klara
- Attila Hörbiger as Dittrich, Militär-Schriftsteller
- Willy Trenk-Trebitsch as Lebius, Journalist
- Mady Rahl as Pauline Münchmeyer
- Lil Dagover as Bertha von Suttner
- Rudolf Prack as Sächsischer Justizminister
- Rainer von Artenfels as Junger Hitler
- Leon Askin as Anwalt Klotz-Sello
- Harry Hardt as Wessel von Charlottenburg
- Fritz von Friedl as Larrass
- Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.