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Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti (1960) DVD

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Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti (1960)


Alberto Cavalcanti


Bertolt Brecht (folk play), Hella Wuolijoki (story)


Curt Bois, Heinz Engelmann, Maria Emo
Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti (aka Herr Puntila and his Chauffeur Matti and Puntilla and His Hired Man) is based on the same-named play by Bertoldt Brecht. Curt Bois, best remembered as the oily pickpocket in Casablanca, stars as Puntila, a nasty Finnish landlord who turns into a nice guy whenever he's drunk (shades of Chaplin's City Lights). Puntila's chauffeur Matti (Heinz Engelman) shares several ribald adventures with his master, and at one point finds himself engaged to Puntila's nubile daughter Eva (Maria Emo). Brecht's merciless satire of class distinctions isn't quite as pungent as in the original, but audiences will get the point. Herr Puntila und sein Knect Matti was adapted for the screen by Vladimir Pozner (yes, that Vladimir Pozner!)

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  1. The most funny of Brecht's plays 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 3rd 2017

    Not only is Herr Puntila the most funny of Bertolt Brecht's plays, but this is also the most funny and the most lively stage direction I ever saw of this play.

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