The Captain

Certificate 15


(2017) 118 mins

Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Robert Schwentke
Cinematography: Florian Ballhaus
Production Design: Harald Turzer
Music: Martin Todsharow



Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), a German army deserter, stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform during the last, desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he stole only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whosoever that happens to be. A parade of fresh atrocities follow in the self-declared captain’s wake, and serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power. Simultaneously a historical docudrama, a tar-black comedy, and a sociological treatise, The Captain presents fascism as a pathetic pyramid scheme, a system to be gamed by the most unscrupulous and hollow-souled.  Music Box Films

 In German with English subtitles

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.



“Shot in crisp black-and-white, the film offers a convincing depiction of Nazi Germany on the verge of collapse, but there’s also a strong, fable-like ethos to the story, suggesting that the power of uniforms and regalia to inspire unthinking loyalty and validate unconscionable acts. Hubacher is equally convincing as scared runaway or steely Hitler fanatic, though the film makes its point early and then stays too long in the same register. It’s a point worth making though, emphasised in a striking end-credits sequence addressing the worrying allure of the Nazi era for some in today’s Germany.”  Radio Times

“With a raw, grungy score, The Captain is a movie that bombards the senses with no holds barred and to terrific effect, proficiently executing the depiction of a perspective that is so often forgotten where the end of the Second World War is concerned.”  The Upcoming

The Captain is an unsparing and uncompromising look at what happens when men are worn down by war and by having lived for far too long within a system using cruelty and lies as its bread and butter.”  Eye for Film

Fri 08 Feb Llanfyllin
Sat 09 Feb Hayle


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