by Wiktor Sadowski © American Cinema Foundation
The Holloway File
About The Film
Based on the life of German press magnate Axel Springer, here called The Publisher, this television biography presents the ambiguous story of a complex public life, a "Citizen Kane" for postwar Europe. Springer's media empire is created from nothing, and becomes a national voice during the 1953 revolt in east Germany. Later condemned as a right winger by radical students, Springer was in fact a maverick conservative whose goal and passion-reunifying divided Germany-discomfited the right in Europe and the United States.
Among his two dozen movies for television, Bernd Bölich also notably directed the mini-series "Riding the Storm" ("Sturmzeit" 1999). Der Verleger won 3Sat Audience Award at the Baden-Baden Days of Teleplay 2001.
180 min., color Digibeta
German with English subtitles
Director: Bernd Böhlich
Screenplay: Bernd Böhlich, based on a scenario by Paul Hengge and the biography "Der Fall Axel Springer" by Michael Jürgs
Director of Photography: Reza Aria
Production: Ziegler Film / NDR / WDR
Executive Producer: Regina Ziegler
Cast: Heiner Lauterbach, Susanna Simon, Sylvester Groth, Anica Dobra, Jürgen Hentsch