FALLADA—THE LAST CHAPTER
- FALLADA—THE LAST CHAPTER
- (FALLADA—LETZES KAPITAL)
- 1988, Roland Gräf, East Germany, 101 min.
- With Jörg Gudzuhn, Jutta Wachowiak
FALLADA—THE LAST CHAPTER is a dramatization of the last ten years in the life of writer Hans Fallada, best known for his 1932 novel “Little Man, What Now?” Anchored by Jörg Gudzuhn’s award-winning performance, the film provides an unflinching portrait of a deeply compromised and contradictory man--suicidal, thin-skinned, a morphine addict and inveterate womanizer. Under the Nazis, Fallada cravenly agrees to deliver an anti-Semitic book while risking his life to secretly write an anti-fascist novel. Made mayor by the conquering Russians, he is too debilitated by drugs and depression to govern effectively, but he summons up the will to attempt a final novel. Winner of the Silver Hugo (Best Actor) at the 1989 Chicago Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)