Der Comanche (1979)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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This is another unclassifiable movie by Herbert Achternbusch, whose other odd movies give solid evidence of his gnomic abilities. These include The Atlantic Swimmers and Bye Bye Bavaria. The story of Der Comanche is a mix of satire and high philosophical comedy. Herbert (played by Achternbusch) is a patient in a hospital whose dreams are of such salable quality that his wife sells them, without editing, directly to television. This is an era, apparently, where the man's imaginings can be made visible through electronic magic of some kind. In one scene, he is in Ceylon, asking the two elephants if they are his wife and children. Generally, though, since he believes he is an actual Native American Comanche tribesman, his dream adventures unfold accordingly. Herbert speaks in a thick Bavarian dialect, so his extremely witty lines may be difficult for some German speakers to understand. Once he is released from the hospital, he goes to a restaurant in the Vienna Woods to conduct a Comanche raid on the palefaces drinking beer there. Once there, a highly abstruse discussion about life, etc., takes place.

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dreams, hospital, patient [medical]