He depicted the lives of the poorest on the stage and yet demanded exorbitant fees for his work. He was a serious candidate for the office of Reich President in the Weimar Republic and revered Adolf Hitler as a “world genius”. Gerhart Hauptmann, Nobel laureate and most popular author of his time, remained a thoroughly contradictory personality throughout his life. On the occasion of his 150th birthday, BROADVIEW TV has portrayed the life of the enigmatic poet and dramatist in a 45-minute documentary.
The film traces the life of Gerhart Hauptmann through the German Empire and the Weimar Republic until his death. Rare archive footage and high quality staged scenes bring to life Hauptmann’s experiences in Berlin, in Silesian Agnetendorf and on the island of Hiddensee. Contemporary witnesses from his family circle, directors and Hauptmann experts reflect on the author’s ambivalent character and so shed light on the private life of this famous author.