31 October 1999 | J. Steed
HEAVILY LEANING UPON HEINZ RÜHMANN
Based on a true event the film shows a coachman taking a journey from Berlin to Paris in 1928. The part of the coachman played by Heinz Rühmann seems to be a repeat of that of the captain in "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" (1956). The part of the captain was embedded in a good film that had something to say as well; the story of the coachman in this film is more or less the only thing that is on offer and thereby is heavily leaning upon Heinz Rühmann's performance.
The scenes may be decently staged (a bit theatrically) and the acting good, Georg Hurdalek never achieved a film with the right atmosphere. From a film like this one would expect an image of the time of Germany (Berlin) and France, but Hurdalek never gives us more than a series of family related events and a summing up in the dialogue of things like the economic crises and the Lindbergh flight without these being a integral part of the premise.
Good entertainment though.