Momo (film)

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Momo poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed by Johannes Schaaf
Produced by Horst Wendlandt
Written by Johannes Schaaf
Rosemarie Fendel
Michael Ende
Marcello Coscia
Based on Momo by Michael Ende
Music by Angelo Branduardi
Cinematography Xaver Schwarzenberger
Edited by Amedeo Salfa
Distributed by Tobis
Release date
  • July 17, 1986 (1986-07-17)
Country West Germany

Momo is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Johannes Schaaf and based on the 1973 novel Momo by Michael Ende. It is about the concept of time and how it is used by humans in modern societies. The film features the final acting role of actor / writer / director John Huston.


In the ruins of an amphitheatre just outside an unnamed Italian city lives Momo, a little girl of mysterious origin. She is remarkable in the neighbourhood because she has the extraordinary ability to listen—really listen. By simply being with people and listening to them, she can help them find answers to their problems, make up with each other, and think of fun games.

This pleasant atmosphere is spoiled by the arrival of the Men in Grey. These strange individuals represent the Timesavings Bank and promote the idea of timesaving among the population, time which can be deposited to the Bank and returned to the client later with interest. In reality, the more time people save, the less they have. The time they save is actually lost to them, consumed by the Men in Grey. Momo, however, is a wrench in the plans of the Timesaving Bank thanks to her special personality.


Author involvement[edit]

This film was an Italian/German production in which Michael Ende himself played the role of the passenger in the train (who is told the story by Master Hora and writes it down). It appears that Ende, unhappy with how the film based on The Neverending Story did not follow the spirit of the book faithfully enough, requested that he was involved more directly in filming Momo.

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