CH/D 1980 96'
Regie: Kurt Gloor
Drehbuch: Kurt Gloor, Hansjörg Schneider
Kamera: Franz Rath
Ton: Hans Künzi
Schnitt: Stefanie Wilke
Musik: Jonas C. Haefeli
Produktion: Kurt Gloor, Ruedi Santschi, Kurt Gloor Filmproduktion
Mit: Bruno Ganz, Walo Lüönd, Verena Peter, Mathias Gnädinger, Inigo Gallo, Margrit Rainer, Olivier Diggelmann, Babett Arens, Erwin Kohlund, Ettore Cella, Walter Hess
The inventor who does not know that his invention does already exist. With Bruno Ganz
"In this interesting World War I drama, Bruno Ganz gives a compelling performance as Jakob, an obsessive inventor who lives in a Swiss village. He receives unconditional support from his friend Otti (Walo Luond), but that is about all; the other villagers do not tolerate Jakob's eccentricities very well. He perserveres in spite of this obstacle and finally invents a viable carriage that does not run on wheels but on a tread. Unfortunately for Jakob, the military have already come up with the same invention: the tank."
Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide
"Ganz is more observant in Swiss director Kurt Gloor's brutally sardonic DER ERFINDER (THE INVENTOR), and that proves his downfall as well. He's a Swiss peasant, pacifist, and socialist who inquires deeper into the nature of things than his fellows and is regarded as a bit of a loony, even by his supportive wife. He sees the local count's car get stuck once again in the mud and thinks, "What if a wagon could be made that carries its own road with it? It would make the world a better place, would it not?" The treachery of human nature sees to it that it doesn't as his invention adds to the ongoing horrors of World War I and earns the inventor a diabolical fate."
Peter Keough, The Boston Phoenix