52nd edition

Mathias Kneissl

Reinhard Hauff

Fortnight 1971, Feature film, 95'


Kneissl is the Robin Hood or Butch Cassidy of Germany. Also Ringsgwandl made a song on him. Kneissl is a true anti-establishment figure a film can artfully reflect on. One of the main characters of German anarchy. The movie is also for those who like to see Bayrhammer, Schygulla, Mattes, Schlöndorff during their younger years. Kneissl was a robber who was executed after a brutal manhunt in rural bavaria. As a folk hero he was supported by the local farmers, which made it difficult for the 100+ policemen to get on him. There is a certain history of 18th century anarchy and weird characters in southern Germany, which are legends and always were admired by many young people.


  • Alfons Scharf
  • Eggert Langmann
  • Eva Mattes
  • Franck Frey
  • Friedrich Fettinger
  • Gustl Bayrhammer
  • Hans Brenner
  • Heinz Klopp
  • Irm Hermann
  • Jackel Ehl
  • Kelle Riedl
  • Kurt Paetz
  • Kurt Raab
  • Peter Müller
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Ruth Drexel
  • Volker Schlöndorff
  • Werner Klieb


Martin Sperr Reinhard Hauff

W.P. Hassenstein


Prod : Bavaria Atelier Gmbh
8022 Grünwald