“A Hessian ‘Heimatfilm'”. (Schlöndorff 2011, p. 186)

    1821 in upper Hesse: Although the farmers and the day laborers of Kombach are hard workers, the crop failure and the high taxes prevent them from earning enough to sustain their families. To end their misery a group of men create a plan, with a fatal aftermath: they want to rob the money transport of the Elector and with the looted money start a new, carefree life. However, the light-heartedness shall not last long, since: a destitute person that suddenly becomes rich makes himself suspicious…

    Schlöndorff’s filmed homeland exhibition is classified into a new wave that, starting with Peter Fleischmann’s JAGDSZENEN AUS NIEDERNBAYERN (Hunting Scenes from Bavaria, 1968/69), became an alternative to the popular ‘Heimatfilm’ (regional film) from the 1940s/1950s, called the Sub-Genre of the Skeptical or New Wave regional film.

    Collage: "Sequence 9" with excerpts from the shooting script

    Volker Schlöndorff on the accusations of anti-Semitism

    Volker Schlöndorff on the emigrants’ letters

    Volker Schlöndorff on the modesty of the production

    Volker Schlöndorff on the Chronicle of the Mail Robbery

    Volker Schlöndorff on the music

    Notes on the film

    Der plötzliche und andauernde Reichtum des Strumpfhändlers David Briel von Dexbach.

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