Retrospective Götz George

A popular German magazine recently proclaimed Götz George the number one German idol, placing his appeal not only above that of the president, but of all the new stars of German cinema as well. A success on stage, film and television, Götz George is perhaps the country’s only genuine acting star: A showbiz personality defiant of short-lived trends, whose continual presence on both the big and small screens has earned him a loyal following among critics and general public alike, a performer who manages to combine high standards with popular appeal, and to achieve commercial success with wilfully original productions. Since the fifties, George has reigned supreme as Germany’s character actor par excellence. This year he celebrates fifty years in the theatre as well as his sixtieth birthday. The unique characters he has given life to for film and television have set the standards for greatness which live on in the public imagination.