Chingachgook, die große Schlange

Chingachgook, the great Snake

 
This Western was shot on location in former Yugoslavia and stars the Serbian athlete Gojko Mitić as the Indian Chingachgook. It depicts redskins struggling against transcontinental conquerors. In that sense, the local white folks are not such bad guys and the natives are still lofty: pristine folk in pristine land. They are innocent but not naive and they suffer at the hands of the English and the French, but also from inter-tribal strife. Director Richard Groschopp dramatically points out that survival against an overbearing enemy requires firm unity and an ability to act in unison. Actually, Chingachgook, the Great Snake can be seen as a ‚manifesto‘ made by the Eastern Bloc on the necessity of forming a bloc. (IFFR)

Director's Biography
RICHARD GROSCHOPP, 1906-1996, Deutschland. Regisseur und Kameramann, der auch als Drehbuchautor, Cutter und Filmproduzent in Erscheinung trat. Groschopp gilt als einer der bekanntesten und renommiertesten Regisseure der DEFA.

Filme (Auswahl): Die wundersamen Abenteuer des kleinen Mutz (1932), Lerne Kriegsschiffe kennen (1942), Dresden (1946), Das Stacheltier - Endstation Kanal (1957), Die Liebe und der Co-Pilot (1961)
Specials 2011
Richard Groschopp
DDR 1967
color
91 minutes
German version
Screenplay Wolfgang Ebeling, Richard Groschopp
Cinematography Otto Hanisch
Editing Helga Krause
Music Wilhelm Neef
With Gojko Mitić, Rolf Römer, Lilo Grahn, Helmut Schreiber, Jürgen Frohriep