Cardillac (film)

Cardillac is a 1969 West German drama film directed by Edgar Reitz, starring Hans-Christian Blech and Catana Cayetano. It tells the story of a goldsmith who is so obsessed with his own craft that he murders his customers. The film is a modern adaptation of E. T. A. Hoffmann's novella Mademoiselle de Scuderi.[1]

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Directed byEdgar Reitz
Produced byEdgar Reitz
Screenplay byEdgar Reitz
Based onMademoiselle de Scuderi by E. T. A. Hoffmann
CinematographyDietrich Lohmann
Edited by
  • Maximiliane Mainka
  • Hannelore von Sternberg
Edgar Reitz Filmproduktion
Release date
  • 28 August 1969 (1969-08-28) (Venice)
  • 1 March 1970 (1970-03-01)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryWest Germany

(Composer Paul Hindemith also used the novella as the basis of his 1926 opera Cardillac.)



The film premiered on 28 August 1969 at the 30th Venice International Film Festival. It was released in West Germany on 1 March 1970.[1]


  1. "Cardillac". (in German). Deutsches Filminstitut. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
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