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Mario Adorf’s Movie Pick

“My favourite movie of all time?” asks Mario Adorf. “You know I’m not – how do you say it in English? – a Cineast?” A movie buff, I propose. “A movie buff? Mmm .. interesting. No, I’m not a movie buff. But I’ll take nearly anything by Chaplin. So, I’ll say City Lights.” It’s interesting that Mario Adorf, so often the villain, the bad guy, chooses the funny man. The ultimate funny man.

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March 1, 2013

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Mario Adorf – a presence in German movies over the decades

Times change, but some things stay the same

He might be over eighty, but he remains a man of remarkable physicality. We quickly find ourselves talking about sport. I ask him how tall he is and remind him that he once used to be a football goalkeeper. “Well,” he says, “I’m one meter seventy-eight.” Which is only just over 5’8’’. Average for his generation. “But,” he adds, “I wasn’t a very good goalkeeper. That’s why I gave it up and took up boxing.” That’s more like it, I think, because height is not the thing. It’s more muscle mass. And sheer physical presence. The man I’m talking about is Mario Adorf. One of the greats of German movies – and my latest guest on Talking Germany.

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March 1, 2013

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