Maximilian Schell. A Wistful Rebel


Length: 52 min and 43 min
Format: HD 16:9
Language: German, French
Directed by: Sissi Hüetlin
DoP: Justyna Feicht
TV co-producer: SR/ARTE
Year: 2010

The family flees the Nazis, from Vienna to Zurich, where Maximilian Schell experiences the great era of the Zurich Schauspielhaus. The émigré theatre with its political aspirations influenced his entire life. Hardly speaking a word of English, in 1958 he played alongside Marlon Brando in “The Young Lions”. In 1962, just turned 30, he received the first Oscar awarded to a German-speaking actor since the war, for his role in “Judgement at Nuremberg”. From the seventies onwards, he dedicated himself to directing films.

Of his five films, three were Oscar nominated: something no previous German director had achieved. For decades he worked with one foot in Hollywood, the other in Europe, always travelling. Today, Maximilian Schell resides in his Alpine family home in Carinthia, Austria.
This sensitive portrayal was made on the occasion of his 80th birthday and reveals an artist who has remained a wistful rebel: curious, passionate, obsessed by the great art and still searching for his true calling.

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