The Kaiser's Lackey

Original title: (Der Untertan)
GDR, 1951, 105 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

This historical satire, based on Heinrich Mann’s world-famous novel, Der Untertan, is ranked by film critics among the 100 Most Significant German Films of all time. In Mann's biting critique of conservative Wilhelmine Germany, written during WWI, Diederich Hessling learns an important lesson for an ambitious man: one must first serve power to gain power for oneself. From then on, his modus operandi is to bow to superiors and kick underlings.

Special features:
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Historical Timeline
  • "Interpreting The Kaiser's Lackey" (Dir. Michael Aronson, 2007)

The Kaiser's Lackey

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