Der Freischutz (1970)

Sub-Genres - Film-Opera  |   Run Time - 127 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Der Freischutz is a textbook example of the phrase "filmed theater". In adapting Carl Maria Von Weber's opera to the screen, director Joachim Hess did little more than aim a well-focussed camera and shout "Action!" The leading roles are sung by Tom Krause, Toni Blankenheim, Hans Sotin and Arlene Saunders. The plot is librettist Johann Frederich Kind's tried-and-true blend of romance and mysticism, with a hermit and an emissary of Satan making important contributions. Originally produced for German television, Der Freischutz received limited theatrical distribution in the rest of the world.

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supernatural, ghost, hermit, magic, Satan