Die Katze

  • 118'
  • West Germany
  • 1988
'In two hours there will be war down there', says Probek to his lover/accomplice Jutta Ehser after the last good fuck of their lives. 'Down there' is the bank where Jutta's unloved hubby works. Down there, Probek's front men Junghein and Britz will see to it that a robbery goes wrong and escalates into a full-blown hostage crisis - stiff ransom included. Probek will stay where he is now, in a hotel, looking down onto the theatre of combat like a Field Marshal; from down there, seasoned cop Voss will reply to every single one of his moves.
Graf's first masterpiece is, a quarter-century after its release, arguably still the very best crime action film ever made in whichever Germany. Imagine a mystic union of Jean-Pierre Melville and John Guillermin, both at their toughest, iciest, most symmetry-obsessed materialistic, and you will get an idea of what you're in for.

Director
Dominik Graf
Country of production
West Germany
Production Year
1988
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
118'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Cat
Language
German
Production Company
Bavaria Film International
Sales
Global Screen GmbH
Screenplay
Christoph Fromm, based on the novel Das Leben einer Katze by Uwe Erichsen
Cinematography
Martin Schäfer
Editor
Christel Suckow
Production Design
Matthias Kammermeier
Sound Design
Günther Stadelmann
Music
Andreas Köbner
Cast
Götz George, Gudrun Landgrebe