Imperial maneuvers (film)

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Original title Imperial maneuvers
Country of production Austria
original language German
Publishing year 1954
length 107 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Franz Antel
script Jutta Bornemann ,
Karl Leiter ,
Gunther Philipp
production Hope-Film, Vienna
( Franz Hoffermann )
Neusser-Film, Vienna
( Erich von Neusser )
music Hans Lang
camera Georg Bruckbauer
cut Arnfried Heyne

Kaisermanöver is an Austrian feature film directed by Franz Antel from 1954.


The Kuk Kaiserjäger a book creating unrest: The old residents complain about the book Kaisermanöver an anonymous author, the boys worship the man for his clear critique of traditional structures. What nobody knows is that the popular Captain Gustl Eichfeld is the author of the book. He in turn loves the daughter of his superior von Trattenbach and she would always prefer him to Major von Jurinic, who adores her. Von Trattenbach, in turn, favors his daughter's marriage to the major and has no inkling of Valerie's love for Gustl. Both must therefore meet secretly.

Jurinic knows that Valerie doesn't love him but the captain. Even in a horse race, he cannot convince her of his qualities, since he and Gustl finish tied. Only when Jurinic found the book Kaisermanöver in Gustl's room and in it a letter from the publisher to Gustl, he was able to make a name for himself. At the midnight ball, Valerie demonstratively dances the decisive dance with Gustl and Jurinic then reveals Gustl's authorship to Valerie's father, who is horrified and suggests that Gustl say goodbye to the Kaiserjäger. Gustl, in turn, calls Jurinic to a duel .

Since Jurinic, the company's best marksman, will have the first shot in the duel, Valerie fears for Gustl's life. She goes to Jurinic the night before the duel and begs him to cancel the duel. When he doesn't respond, Valerie finally agrees to become his wife. Although the prerequisite for this was that the duel did not take place, Jurinic duels the next day with Gustl, who knows nothing about Valerie's actions. Jurinic is drunk and therefore misses Gustl. Gustl, in turn, shoots in the air when he realizes that Jurinic can hardly stand up straight. Because of his dishonorable demeanor, Török ends his friendship with his best friend Jurinic.

The wedding of Jurinic and the unfortunate Valerie begins. At the last second Gustl can be convinced by train leader Franz Radler that Valerie only loves him and only wanted to save his life with the marriage. At the last second Gustl can prevent the marriage. Because of improper behavior he is now threatened with farewell to the Kaiserjäger and imprisonment. Only Radler, Franz's father and Gustl's former foster father, can help. He went to Emperor Franz Joseph I , described the incidents to him in detail and gave him a copy of the Imperial Maneuver . The emperor, in turn, decides that the book is scandalous, but that it expresses legitimate criticism of the military system. Török and the other young Kaiserjäger also asked the Kaiser to pardon Gustl independently of Radler. Since Gustl had prevented Valerie's marriage, he was obliged by the emperor to marry Valerie. And Franz Radler also finds a wife: he will marry Valerie's chambermaid Steffi.


After the great success of the film Kaiserwalzer , Franz Antel planned a sequel with the same actors. This time the Austro-Hungarian Army was to play an important role, but Antel did not want extras without military training. When he learned that the gendarmerie had trained around nine hundred men who were to form the basis of the future federal army , these men seemed to him the ideal soldiers' actors. After difficult negotiations, State Secretary Ferdinand Graf gave permission to do so, and the famous resistance fighter Ferdinand Käs was won as commandant . When the responsible minister Oskar Helmer found out about it after the first scenes , he forbade the gendarmes to be posted for an imperial film. It was only through an audience with Federal Chancellor Julius Raab obtained by Graf that Antel was able to save the cooperation of the gendarmes and thus the entire project.

The film was shot in the ateliers Wien-Schönbrunn and Wien-Sievering as well as in Vienna and the surrounding area, in the Wachau and in the Freudenau. Julius von Borsody and Hans Rouc created the buildings, the producers Franz Hoffermann and Erich von Neusser were also production managers . The Berlin Gloria Filmverleih took over the distribution. The German-language premiere took place on August 3, 1954 in the Stuttgart Universum . In Austria, the film was first shown on September 7, 1954 in Vienna . The film became a tremendous box office hit. Thousands of people crowded together at cinema premieres with the actors present, so that the police had to repeatedly move out to keep the enthusiastic audience in check.

Erich Meder wrote several hits for the film, for which Hans Lang composed the music.

  • I was once a pipe lid - interpreter: Hans Moser
  • Every soldier has his Marie - interpreter: Walter Müller
  • Little luck in the corner - interpreter: Hannelore Bollmann, Walter Müller
  • Sunday song - interpreter: Gunther Philipp and others


The mirror said: “Thin liquid K. u. K. polish from routine stocks, reconditioned to wank a pale love story, which even such a gentle monarch as Emperor Franz Joseph, when it finally comes to his ears, brusquely dictates the laboriously delayed happy ending. "

The lexicon of international films described imperial maneuvers as "an entertainment film in which nothing is original or surprising." The online version, on the other hand, sees imperial maneuvers as "cheerful, wistful love entanglements [...] based on the tried and tested but not very original knitting pattern - lots of feeling and decorative uniforms." Cinema classified the film as a "military amusement" and described it as "snappy costume ham".

The "Kaiserjäger" wear the wrong uniforms, they are those of the Imperial and Royal Landesschützen (play cock on the cap and edelweiss on the collar).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Franz Antel: Twisted, in love, my life , Munich, Vienna 2001, p. 98 ff.
  2. ^ Film: New in Germany - Imperial maneuvers . In: Der Spiegel . No. 35, 1954, p. 30.
  3. Klaus Brüne (Ed.): Lexicon of International Films . Volume 4. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1990, p. 1936.
  4. Imperial maneuvers. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  5. See