Der Pfarrer von St.Pauli

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on March 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Title: Der Pfarrer von St.Pauli
Production: Germany 1970
Director: Rolf Olsen
Cast: Curd Jürgens, Jean-Pierre Bonnin, Dieter Borsche
Run Time: 98min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language:  German
Subtitles: None

A pipipip rip of a German TV broadcast.


Curd Jurgens, a staple in American movies calling for a German character, is home once again acting in a German movie. Doubtless, I saw a dubbed translation somewhat poorly edited but just the same the acting prowess of Herr Jurgens shone through.

Here he plays a former submarine commander (which he was in The Enemy Below) turned Catholic priest ministering to outcasts – the poor, petty thieves, ruffians, prostitutes and the like. It must be explained though that among the soldiers of the Third Reich, it is believed that those who served in the submarines were the least involved in atrocities and may have been a decent lot. The Michael Caine movie, The Eagle Has Landed, explains this better.

Etched in my memory is the scene where Curd Jurgens talks with a prostitute who at first propositions him. Reacting with the formulaic Spiritual Work of Mercy of admonishing the sinner, the well meaning Padre is rebuffed as the lady of the night unburdens to him her troubles. Just recently, she was ill used by a client who not only beat her but robbed her of her earnings.

The advice of the priest is both surprising and practical. “You should be more selective of your clients.” The woman, however, retorted that poverty drives her to accept whoever comes along.

Towards the end, Jurgens plays Cupid to star-crossed lovers. He told them to fortify themselves (they were eloping) with hot tea spiked with rum, a drink I have enjoyed ever since. [imdb]


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