Fritz Haarmann, a salesman, confesses to having killed 24 young men and dismembered their bodies. He rejects the accusation of cannibalism.
Professor Ernst Schultze is commissioned to prepare a psychiatric report to determine whether Haarmann is of sound mind. In August, 1924, his six-week examination begins in the Göttingen Provincial Mental Asylum.
Protocols of the ensuing dialogue were taken down by a stenographer and served as the basis for this film, employing the authentic text.
The entire action of the film takes place in Professor Schultze's examination room.
"The most terrible murderer of the 20th century", as Fritz Haarmann was characterized, inspired artists like George Grosz and Alfred Hrdlicka, as well as the author Alfred Döblin for the psychogram of Franz Biberkopf in "Berlin Alexanderplatz" and Fritz Lang for Peter Lorre's role in M.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Romuald Karmakar
Written by: Romuald Karmakar, Romuald Karmakar
Produced by: Thomas Schühly
Main Cast: Pierre Franckh (stenograph), Götz George (Fritz Haarmann), Jürgen Hentsch (Prof. Ernst Schultze)
Nominations and Awards
- Young European Film 1995
- EFA Feature Film Selection 1995