Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti (1960) DVD
Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti (1960) Director: Alberto Cavalcanti Writers: Bertolt Brecht (folk play), Hella Wuolijoki (story) Stars: Curt Bois, Heinz Engelmann, Maria Emo Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti (aka Herr Puntila and his Chauffeur Matti and Puntilla and His Hired Man) is based on the same-named play by Bertoldt Brecht. Curt Bois, best remembered as the oily pickpocket in Casablanca, stars as Puntila, a nasty Finnish landlord who turns into a nice guy whenever he's drunk (shades of Chaplin's City Lights). Puntila's chauffeur Matti (Heinz Engelman) shares several ribald adventures with his master, and at one point finds himself engaged to Puntila's nubile daughter Eva (Maria Emo). Brecht's merciless satire of class distinctions isn't quite as pungent as in the original, but audiences will get the point. Herr Puntila und sein Knect Matti was adapted for the screen by Vladimir Pozner (yes, that Vladimir Pozner!) Shop for more rare DVDs at The Film Encyclopedia.