Herr von Bohlen
Unwilling to fulfill the expectations of both his family and their company, this homosexual son of an industrialist waived his inheritance of around three and a half billion marks. Or, to see it differently, was pushed into relinquishing a world dynasty because he was unable to lead it. With an annual settlement of two million German marks, Arndt withdrew into another world. In his residences on the German island of Sylt, in Marrakesh, Castle Blühnbach in Salzburg and Palm Beach the extravagant bonvivant gathered a fairy tale royal household around him - and yet remained a lonely and withdrawn man for his whole life. Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach whose debauched lifestyle became legendary in the 60s and 70s, degenerated into a ridiculed outsider. Even the 'Stern' magazine ran the headline 'Of the Life of a Good-for-Nothing'. Envy and incomprehension made him an object of hate in Germany and the film relates the story of a bitter farce exposing the mercilessness of German tabloid newspapers.
HERR VON BOHLEN is more than just a flamboyant portrait of a rich man about town; it is a portrait of manners and morals at the beginning of the Federal Republic of Germany, which after two world wars had produced people which society was obviously not prepared for. Amongst them, 'the richest early pensioner in Germany' was financially not only dependent on the will of Berthold Beitz’ and the 'Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation', but also suffering under a totally unresolved tax situation right up until his death in 1986. This also makes it a crime film about inheritance and relinquishment, money and power – and the guilt of a great family.HERR VON BOHLEN is neither a documentary nor a feature film. It allows some of Arndt’s important contemporaries to have their say as well as blurring the line between fiction and 'reality'. It takes place at the end of the 1970s and a reporter is accompanying Arndt von Bohlen on a directed journey to important places from his life.
The film covers industrial history, war history and the history of how people thought – and about a tragic life which seemed so emotionally immature for the attacks it received. And it tries to explain what it was like to be different - and living out those differences in the 1960s with the heavy burden of tradition lingering in the background. The film ultimately tells the story of an enigmatic personality unique in German history – Arndt von Bohlen and Halbach – the last Krupp.
Since 2002 he is partner of FLORIANFILM GmbH, Cologne
2014 - DEUTSCHBODEN
2014 - WILLY BRANDT - REMEMBERING A POLITICIAN
2012 - THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JOHN IRVING
2011 - PERRY RHODAN - COSMIC HERO
2008 - LENIN ONLY GOT AS FAR AS LÜDENSCHEID
Cast & Crew
Directed by: André Schäfer
Written by: André Schäfer
Produced by: Jonas Niewianda
Cinematography: Andy Lehmann
Editing: Fritz Busse
Production Design: Annette Lofy
Costume Design: Matthias Vöcking
Make-Up & Hair: Angelika John
Original Score: Ritchie Staringer
Sound Design: Christoph Német
Cast: Arnd Klawitter (Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach)
Nominations and Awards
- Documentary Selection 2016