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Untertan, Der (1951)

Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he
grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the
powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. His life motto now
runs: bow to those at the top and tread on those below. In this way,
he always succeeds: as a student in a duel-fighting student fraternity
and as a businessman in a paper factory. He cajoles the obese
district administrative president Von Wulkow and wins his favor. He
slanders his financial rivals and hatches a plot with the social
democrats in the town council. On his honeymoon with his rich wife
Guste, he finally finds a chance to do his beloved Kaiser a favor. And
when a memorial to the Kaiser is unveiled in the town where
Diederich lives and works, he delivers the address. He stands behind
the lectern in the pouring rain, saluting his Kaiser. The crowd is
dispersed. Everything is laid in ruins...

								
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