Erich Kästner (1899-1974) - writer and screenwriter, playwright and author of children's books, journalist and publicist, humorist and satirist - was an eyewitness in 1933 to the burning of his books by the Nazis. Although he was blacklisted and often without work or income, Kästner never emigrated but continued instead to write under different pseudonyms.
Many critics consider Wolf Gremm's FABIAN (1978), which was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category, as one of the best screen adaptations of an Erich Kästner novel. When published in 1931, the book attacked militarism, fascism, and the dubious code of the German “Spießbürger” (petit bourgeois) from a standpoint of moral outrage and with a broadside of barbed wit. Re-released on German television as a special event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Erich Kästner's birthday, Wolf Gremm's FABIAN appears as timely today as it did more than eight decades ago.
Hans-Peter Hallwachs, Silvia Janisch,Hermann Lause, Mijanou van Barzel,Brigitte Mira, Ruth Niehaus, Ivan Desny,Charles Regnier,u
Hans Borgelt, Wolf Gremm
Regina Ziegler Filmproduktion
35 mm Farbe
Nominierung "Golden Globe", Nominierung "Oscar" Montreal `79, Chicago `79, Washington `79