The Captain Der Hauptmann

The Captain

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A young German soldier fighting for survival finds a Nazi captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he is trying to escape from.

Shot in a stark black and white, ‘The Captain’ follows a German army deserter (Max Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice. Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, this enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader.

Simultaneously a historical docudrama and sociological examination with undertones of the absurd, ‘The Captain’ presents fascism as something of a game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous. (Subtitles)