The Pedestrian

  • 1974
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama, War

A powerful and revealing film about death, guilt, and Germany's involvement in wartime atrocities, THE PEDESTRIAN focuses on an aging industrialist, Heinz Alfred Giese (Gustav Rudolf Sellner), who prefers not to remember the events of WWII. In fact, he prefers to be involved with life as little as possible. Since the death of his son Andreas (Maximilian...read more

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A powerful and revealing film about death, guilt, and Germany's involvement in wartime atrocities, THE PEDESTRIAN focuses on an aging industrialist, Heinz Alfred Giese (Gustav Rudolf Sellner), who prefers not to remember the events of WWII. In fact, he prefers to be involved with life as

little as possible. Since the death of his son Andreas (Maximilian Schell) in an auto accident in which Giese was driving (resulting in the loss of his license, hence the title), his whole life has centered around his grandson, Hubert (Manuel Sellner). Although Giese would rather forget his past,

Alexander Markowitz (Alexander May), the senior editor of a newspaper, begins a probe into Giese's involvement in the massacre of a Greek village. With the help of two witnesses--a survivor of the attack (Fani Fotinou) and a former German soldier (Walter von Varndal)--Markowitz discovers that

Giese was involved in the massacre and could have prevented it. When the story is printed, Giese becomes the target of moral outrage and violence. This strong indictment of his generation's complacency is especially damning because its villain is not a monster but a well-respected businessman and

a loving grandfather. Produced, directed, and written by Maximilian Schell, THE PEDESTRIAN received a Golden Globe award for Best Film and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film.

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  • Released: 1974
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: A powerful and revealing film about death, guilt, and Germany's involvement in wartime atrocities, THE PEDESTRIAN focuses on an aging industrialist, Heinz Alfred Giese (Gustav Rudolf Sellner), who prefers not to remember the events of WWII. In fact, he pre… (more)

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