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IL PRINCIPE DI HOMBURG DI HEINRICH VON KLEIST

In Competition – Feature Films
Directed by :
Marco BELLOCCHIO 
Country:
ITALY
Duration:
89.00 minutes

Synopsis

One night in the Palace's garden, the Prince of Homburg - Commander of the German cavalry during the Thirty Years war against Swedes - braids a crown of laurel; he seems awake but he is actually asleep. The Elector, his wife and the princess Natalia happen upon him. The Elector seizes the crown from his hands. The following day, the Prince - fascinated by the sight of Natalia - listens inattentively to the military orders. On the field of battle he desobeys them. He is sentenced to death and plaids for his life. The Elector grants him clemency on one condition: that he asks for it publicly. The Prince's dilemna leads him to choose death. During the execution, the Prince is once again in the Palace's garden and, like in a dream, the royal family surrounds him while Natalia lays the laurel crown on his head.