Synopsis by Hal Erickson
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.
supernatural, ghost, hermit, magic, Satan