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The Prince of Homburg

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Original title
Il Principe di Homburg
Running time
90 min.
Italy Italy
Marco Bellocchio (Play: Heinrich von Kleist)
Carlo Crivelli
Giuseppe Lanci
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RAI / Istituto Luce / Filmalbatros
Drama | 17th Century
Synopsis / Plot
One night, in the palace's garden, the Prince of Homburg - Commander of the German cavalry during the Thirty Year War against the Swedes - braids a crown of laurel; he seems awake but 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 pleads for his life. The Elector grants him clemency on one condition: that he asks for it publicly. The Prince's dilemma 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.
1997: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1996: David di Donatello Awards: 6 nominations
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