Tonio Kroger

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Based on Thomas Mann's 1903 novella of the same name, TONIO KROGER stars Brialy as a young writer who wanders through bohemian circles in Europe grappling with his memories of childhood (Mathieu Carriere plays the young Tonio) and his conflicting love of and alienation from his more bourgeois countrymen. Painter Tiller becomes Tonio's only confidante in...read more

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Based on Thomas Mann's 1903 novella of the same name, TONIO KROGER stars Brialy as a young writer who wanders through bohemian circles in Europe grappling with his memories of childhood (Mathieu Carriere plays the young Tonio) and his conflicting love of and alienation from his more

bourgeois countrymen. Painter Tiller becomes Tonio's only confidante in his exile, an isolation that is the necessary condition of his creativity. Cowritten with Fellini scenarist Ennio Flaiano by Erika Mann, Thomas' daughter, TONIO KROGER is hampered by the novel's uncinematic form: much of the

Mann original consists of Tonio's conversation with or letters to Lisaweta, and his character is very much more an observer than an actor. Consequently, the film is short on action, with Tonio's development presented in a few, essentially disconnected episodes. Still, the black-and-white visuals

from director Rolf Thiele and cinematographer Wolf Wirth are highly evocative, and the film is a serious, thoughtful attempt to adapt the great Mann. (In German; English subtitles.)

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