Wie Ein Fremder (1981)

Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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This is another West German film written directed, photographed, acted in, and edited by the same person, in this case Benno von Quernheim. Benno is a frustrated cellist who wants to be a policeman, not a normal ambition for a cellist, but then Benno may be a few strings short. When he inherits some money, he decides to indulge his dream of uniformed splendor but when he goes to join the police force, he fails to pass a test for mental stability. As a consolation prize, he buys a motorcycle to imitate the bicycling policemen-about-town, and then switches to a station wagon when the motorcycle does not quite work out as he had hoped. With a massive car wrapped around him in front and back, he presides over the roads like a reborn monarch. His behavior continues to deteriorate (he bets some people in a bar that he can urinate the entire length of a football field, giving a whole new concept to the touchdown), and while stopped at an intersection one day, he hears a father apparently browbeating his son in the car next to him, grabs his pistol, and shoots out the man's tire. Now Benno may actually get to see one of his uniformed heros up close for if there is one thing the guardians of the law do not appreciate, it is someone needlessly killing tires on the road.



ambition, inheritance, mental-illness, music, police