Wonderful times in the Spessart

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Original title Wonderful times in the Spessart
Glorious times in the Spessart Logo 001.svg
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1967
length 105 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Kurt Hoffmann
script Günter Neumann
production Heinz Angermeyer ,
Artur Brauner ,
Kurt Hoffmann
music Franz Grothe ,
Oskar Sala
camera Richard fear
cut Gisela Haller

Glorious Times in the Spessart is a German comedy film by director Kurt Hoffmann from 1967. The plot loosely ties in with the previous films Das Wirtshaus im Spessart and Das Spukschloß im Spessart , which were also made under Hoffmann's direction in 1958 and 1960. The main role is again occupied by Liselotte Pulver , the male main part is played by Harald Leipnitz . The movie poster had the headline: "Expected by millions: The third great Spessart film!"


Anneliese, a descendant of Countess Franziska and Countess Charlotte, is the daughter of a hotel owner in the Spessart. The young woman is planning her wedding to her fiancé Frank, an American officer of German origin, when, surprisingly, in the middle of the wedding preparations, he is ordered back to the USA because of an espionage matter. The celebration is about to burst.

The robbers from the “Wirtshaus im Spessart” mutated into ghosts, who have been in space in a landing capsule for over five years because a nozzle is jammed, find out that they can repair it. They then land on the roof of the Spessart Hotel, where they meet Anneliese. They show themselves to be helpful and want to fly the young woman with the landing capsule to America to meet her fiance. However, they cannot operate the controls properly and are flung through time, which means that they go through different eras of the past and the future. First they end up in the past with the Teutons , the minstrels and also in the Thirty Years War . In each of these times Anni meets the type of her fiancé, but loses him every time to the military.

Later in the future, when the travel companions are looking for a rocket technician because of the jammed nozzle, they meet the couple Anni and Frank, who have now aged many years, and who, against all odds, were able to carry out the planned wedding and now have three sons. During a test trip in the space capsule, the time turns back again, the accompanying Frank becomes younger and younger until, after a short detour through childhood, the landing takes place on schedule. Frank's memories have also run back, so that he can no longer remember his long life after the wedding: So he says dryly when Anni, whose memory endures, happily tells him about their three sons, she was a nice girl, but unfortunately a bit crazy. But the ghosts have done the good work demanded of them and are now redeemed.


Production notes, filming

The production company was Independent Film GmbH (Berlin / West) in cooperation with CCC Filmkunst GmbH (Berlin). The film was shot from March 29 to June 6, 1967 in the studio of CCC-Film Berlin-Spandau. In contrast to the first two Spessart films, it was not the Miltenberg market square but the market square in Heppenheim an der Bergstrasse that served as the backdrop in the opening sequence . Further outdoor shots were taken in the Odenwald and Vienna.

Director and producer Kurt Hoffmann stated at the time that this was the most expensive film he had ever made to date. Although this is a purely German production, a lot of money has been spent. The costumes alone would have cost over DM 130,000. He shouldn't even be asked about the price of the buildings. Hoffmann also made a big secret of the modern gags of the film, but said that the story had a lot of them. The film is a prime example of the fact that war is the worst enemy of love, which does not take place, at least not in the most beautiful way, because a general calls out to arms at the wrong moment.

Film introduction

The film is preceded by the following lines:
“The 'Glorious Times' - where are they? Was it yesterday? Will it be tomorrow
Were the times of the ancient Germans wonderful? It was certainly not the existence during the Peasant Wars. More like the romance of knights and minstrels. But then there were the Crusades ...
So do we have to wait a long time - maybe 100 years - until the year 2067?
We know what is the most wonderful thing of all time: love. And this film tells of love. About love and its worst enemy, war. One actually only exists without the other.
So this film thinks our times in 1967 could be wonderful. If ...
Or do we have to wait another 100 years? "


Glorious times in the Spessart was premiered on September 21, 1967 in Würzburg (Bavaria-Filmtheater, CCC-Filmtheater). The Hungarian title is Spessarti szép napok , the international title Glorious Times in the Spessart or Glorious Times in the Spessart Inn .

Alive released the film on February 10, 2017 as part of the "Jewels of Film History" series on DVD and Blu-ray. Also on February 10, 2017, the film was released on Alive within the Spessart trilogy together with the two previous films .


“The Spessart ghosts cf. 'Das Wirtshaus im Spessart' and 'Das Spukschloß im Spessart', after several 'time journeys' into the past and the future, which are supposed to prove the continuity of militarism and the power of love, help a young woman of the present to be interrupted by military exercises Wedding. Third edition of the romantic story after Wilhelm Hauff, in which the old inn in the Spessart became a modern large hotel 100 years later. Nothing more than a mediocre cabaret-style joke about excesses of time and human weaknesses, not free from slips in taste. "

“'Glorious times in Spessart' is a linguistic, self-ironic parody of militarism that will probably be released in five to ten years because of statements such as' It's a shame about the beautiful heads, because the heavy iron pots squeeze pears soft 'or' Stupid Adam pulls into them Battle, the wise Adam pays homage to love 'indexed or whose film roles have mysteriously disappeared and are never to be seen again. Made in 1967, at a time when human rights had acquired a certain serious validity due to war experiences, the film should be seen as a highlight of German TV production. [...] The story told in the film is partly gaudy, partly thought-provoking, never boring and definitely suited to it, so-called 'subversive' energies paired with reason à la 'It's war and nobody goes' or - more modern -' it is biometric surveillance, but no one requests passport 'to be released. Well worth seeing and entertaining film, which, with a bit of rethinking, is more topical than ever. "

On the Remember it for later page , however, it said: “ Unfortunately, one cannot confirm that all good things come in threes with regard to Kurt Hoffmann's Spessart films. Everything that was so lovable and atmospheric in the first film, funny, lively, original and lively in the second, is silly, trying, tense and tasteless in the Spessart in Glorious Times . One recognizes the effort to go one step further on the direct predecessor, not just to shoot a musical comedy with satirical swipes at politics in Bonn, felt in the offices, old Nazis and capitalism, but really a satire, a film that uses the well-known subject to target the state of world politics. A noble goal that Hoffmann missed by miles. Glorious times in the Spessart are torture because the gap between aspiration and reality is so obvious that it hurts. "

Web links


  1. Kurt Hoffmanns “Herrliche Zeiten im Spessart” illus. Film poster from Constantin-Film
  2. ^ CineGraph - Lexicon for German-language film - Kurt Hoffmann
  3. a b In: Illustrierter Film-Kurier No. 202, Vereinigte Verlagsgesellschaft Franke & Co. KG, Munich, pp. 4, 8, 9.
  4. Glorious times in the Spessart Fig. DVD case film jewels
  5. The Spessart Trilogy Fig. DVD case film jewels
  6. Glorious Times in the Spessart (1967) kabeleins.de
  7. Achanjati: Herrliche Zeiten im Spessart (1967) ofdb.de, January 29, 2008 (accessed on August 27, 2011)
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