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Paracelsus (1943)

Made by famed director, G.W. Pabst, at UFA, under the Third Reich, Paracelsus is the story of the Renaissance era Swiss physician/alchemist/astrologer,, Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus ... See full summary »

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Werner Krauss ... Paracelsus
Harry Langewisch Harry Langewisch ... Pfefferkorn - der Reiche
Annelies Reinhold ... Renata Pfefferkorn - seine Tochter
Mathias Wieman ... Ulrich von Hutten
Fritz Rasp ... Der Magister
Peter Martin Urtel Peter Martin Urtel ... Johannes - Famulus (as Martin Urtel)
Herbert Hübner ... Count von Hohenreid
Josef Sieber Josef Sieber ... Bilse, Paracelsus's sevant
Rudolf Blümner Rudolf Blümner ... Froben - der Buchdrucker
Harald Kreutzberg Harald Kreutzberg ... Der Gaukler Fliegenbein
Hilde Sessak ... Waitress
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Erasmus von Rotterdam
Victor Janson Victor Janson ... Mayor
Karl Skraup Karl Skraup ... Surgeon
Erich Dunskus ... Innkeeper
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Made by famed director, G.W. Pabst, at UFA, under the Third Reich, Paracelsus is the story of the Renaissance era Swiss physician/alchemist/astrologer,, Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim. Though Pabst had tried,, he was unable to escape the Nazis, and was forced to direct under the Third Reich's auspices. Though Nazi-era system has, in large part been banned but omission of public showings, many films of this period and regime are quite good (or at minimum, interesting), as they hold up a mirror to the Nazis propaganda machine controlled by Joseph Goebbels.

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The writer Heinrich Fraenkel wrote that he met director Georg Wilhelm Pabst. When he returned form his exile and said that he didn't like the movie "Paracelsus", even if it starred Werner Krauss, Pabst reportedly said "Neither do I". See more »

Goofs

Pfefferkorn said that he received a letter from Ulrich von Hutten about his healing of syphilis. The story takes place in the late 1520s, in 1527 to be exact, while Hutten died in 1523, most likely from syphilis itself. Futhermore Paracelsus couldn't meet him later in the movie. However they met in real life in Ufenau, where Hutten died. See more »

Quotes

Paracelsus: The nature will help you. But we will help the nature. I will write you a prescription.
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16th Century German doctor upsets the status quo with new "German" methods of treating illness.
30 October 1998 | by MAK-4See all my reviews

G. W. (PANDORA'S BOX) Pabst's celebratory film about the "revolutionary" 16th century German philosopher/doctor (known as Paracelsus and actually born in Switzerland) holds more than just historical interest as a Nazi approved subject. Though Pabst's sound films never achieved the prominence of his silent work, this is a well produced biopic with real surprises, especially when Paracelsus gives credit to Gypsy (!) folk remedies or when an Expressionist dance number symbolizes the entry of the plague (St. Vitus' Dance) into the closed town. Suddenly we're in Powell/Pressburger territory. Often obvious and slow, but certainly worth investigation, and not all that different from similar Hollywood produced biopics on ZOLA and LOUIS PASTEUR by director William (Wilhelm) Dieterle, a former colleague from Pabst's early UFA days. In fact, Dieterle's 1939 HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME has many visual and thematic similarities. The romantic subplot, straight out of Die Meistersinger, only adds to the usual discomfort of watching a Goebbels approved Nazi era production.


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12 March 1943 (Germany) See more »

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