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The Miracle of Father Malachia (1961)

Das Wunder des Malachias (original title)
A monk is struggling with the consequences of a miracle that he prayed for.

Director:

Bernhard Wicki

Writers:

Bruce Marshall (novel), Heinz Pauck | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Bollmann Horst Bollmann ... Pater Malachias Berger
Richard Münch Richard Münch ... Dr. Erwin Glass
Christiane Nielsen ... Helga Glass
Günter Pfitzmann Günter Pfitzmann ... Rudolf Reuschel
Brigitte Grothum ... Gussy
Karin Hübner Karin Hübner ... Nelly Moorbach
Pinkas Braun ... Christian Krüger
Kurt Ehrhardt Kurt Ehrhardt ... Bishop Willi Reuschel
Kurt Lauermann Kurt Lauermann ... Canon Kleinrath
Günter Strack Günter Strack ... Kaplan Merz
Ludwig Thiesen Ludwig Thiesen ... Kaplan Heidenreich
Romuald Pekny ... Legat
Paul Edwin Roth ... Secretary of the Bishop
Senta Berger ... Yvonne Krüger
Charlotte Kerr ... Dr. Renate Kellinghus
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A monk is struggling with the consequences of a miracle that he prayed for.

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

3 July 1961 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Miracle of Father Malachia See more »

Filming Locations:

Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany See more »

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Production Co:

Deutsche Film Hansa See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Be Careful What You Wish For
17 November 2009 | by popvoidSee all my reviews

Father Malachias, offended by the bar and brothel next to his church, prays the building (and all its inhabitants) onto a rock in the North Sea. What follows proves to be more than the padre bargained for.

Based on the book by the Scots writer, Bruce Marshall, this movie was directed by Berhard Wicki--easily one of West Germany's best post-war directors. Wicki uses a technique of having the camera follow various people talking as they cross paths that Fellini would put to even better use a couple years later in "8½." the tone of the film is similar to Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole," with a harsh cynicism toward the human tendency to exploit events for profit.

The films stars Horst Bollmann. This is his first film, and it shows. He would eventually become a good actor, but here he was still learning his craft--under fire, so to speak. Wicki reportedly finished this film only seven hours before it premiered, and this shows as well. The film has a few rough spots and scenes that could have used retakes. Nonetheless, the film is fun to watch and stands as a one of the better films to come out of Germany during the sixties.


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