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Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz: Wo ist das Leben noch lebenswert?

episode 9

West Germany 1983
produced by
Peter Frötschl, Elisabeth Laussen for Balance Film/BR
directed by Helmut Dietl
starring Helmut Fischer, Ruth-Maria Kubitschek, Karl Obermayr, Christine Kaufmann, Erni Singerl, Gustl Bayrhammer, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer, Gisela Schneeberger, Gerhard Polt, Wolf Goldan, Fryderick Gabowicz, Rolf Günther, Klaus Guth, Kristina van Eyck
written by Helmut Dietl, Patrick Süskind, created by Helmut Dietl, music by Dario Farina, Gian Piero Reverberi

Monaco Franze

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Annette von Soettingen (Ruth-Maria Kubitschek) wants to move to the Bermudas, mostly to evade taxation - much to the dismay of her husband "Monaco" Franz (Helmut Fischer), who has deep roots in Munich. And yet he wills in to the move. And while she spends her last days in Germany at a spa, he's to organize the sale of their apartment - whcih is something he torpedoes to the fullest and ultimately rents it out to his best friend Manni (Karl Obermayr) so he has a homebase during all of his visits back, a move that Annette ultimately reverses. Instead, Franz spends his time to say good-bye to all his old flames (which includes a rather hilarious guest appearance by Gisela Schneeberger from episodes 1 and 2). It's only at the airport though that Franz comes to the conviction he can't go through with this, and he makes a swift getaway ...

Bavarian comedian Gerhard Polt has a cameo as customs officer in this one.


The penultimate episode of Monaco Franze, and to be quite honest, not one of the series' better ones. Basically, this episode tells too little of a story itself and seems to mainly serve the purpose to set up the series' finale - not at all an unusual tactic this, but the problem here is that it opens a whole new narrative thread that hasn't been worked towards in any of the previous 8 episodes, everthing that happens here comes out of the blue. The other problem is the episode is rather bitter-sweet than actually funny (though there are still some good punchlines) and by and large lacks the satirical sting the premise almost seems to demand. That said, not a trainwreck, but not too great either.


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