Film: Rosen für den Staatsanwalt
Pictured: Unrelenting irony.
Rosen für den Staatsanwalt
, or Roses For The Prosecutor
for Americans, is a 1959 German Black Comedy
. It's set in post-war Germany, during the period when former Nazi party members and collaborators got reformed reinstituted as civil servants in the young German Federal Republic
It's a story about the Wehrmacht soldier Rudi Kleinschmidt, who is sentenced to death in the last days of WW2
by the Military Hanging Judge
Wilhelm Schramm for buying two tins of chocolate from black marketeers. But he manages to escape the firing squad with his own death warrant, already signed by the judge.
Years later, Rudi is trying to make a living as a rather debt-ridden flying merchant and a peddler in post-war Germany. Schramm on the other hand, has not only risen to the head of of rather affluent family, but has been promoted to become a head prosecutor at a Federal German court, by leaving his Nazi past in the shadows. As luck would have it, the two men just happen to meet again during a street sale...
A game Xanatos Speed Chess
of a sort erupts between the two, with Schramm trying to sweep his past under the rug for his career's sake, and Rudi just wanting to make some money for his girlfriend, even with the very influential prosecutor on his case.
It's one of the more controversial German satires of its time period, commenting on how often and easily Nazis, many of them war criminals and entirely unrepentant, got off the hook during the de-nazification process and received new government posts with a clean slate.
It was filmed largely in Kassel, though the city itself remains unnamed in the film
The film can be viewed in its entity here
, in German and without subtitles. For a bigger synopsis, look here
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