Das Autogramm (1984)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - France, West Germany  |  
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In an overly-simplified parable about right and wrong, a folk singer and a boxer arrive in a small town together on the train, invited by the town to participate in a festival. When they get there, first the brutish military police search both of them for evidence of insurrection or rebellion, then the boxer finds out he is supposed to throw the fight with his military opponent, and the singer comes under close scrutiny because his lyrics are considered seditious. Once the fight is lost and the songs have been sung, one of the "law enforcement" thugs demands an autograph from each of the two men. The boxer agrees, the singer does not. An unceasing harassment follows in short order, and if events continue this way, both men will be lucky to leave the town intact.



against-all-odds, boxing, festival, military, oppression, singer