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Karl May (film)

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Karl May
Directed byHans-Jürgen Syberberg
Screenplay byHans-Jürgen Syberberg
Produced byHans Jürgen Syberberg
CinematographyDietrich Lohmann
Edited by
  • Ingrid Broszat
  • Annette Dorn
Music byEugen Thomass
TMS Film
Distributed byWarner-Columbia Filmverleih
Release date
  • 18 October 1974 (1974-10-18)
Running time
187 minutes
CountryWest Germany
BudgetDM 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.[1]

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.[2] The budget was 1.1 million Deutsche Mark, of which the broadcaster ZDF provided 700,000 Mark.[3]

Partial cast



  1. ^ "Hans Jürgen Syberberg". Filmportal.de (in German). German Film Institute. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Karl May". Filmportal.de (in German). German Film Institute. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Hiob mit Rosen". Der Spiegel (in German). 16 September 1974. Retrieved 7 July 2013.