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Max Kade Film Series: Emil and the Detectives (1931)

February 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Max Kade Film Series seeks to celebrate German storytelling through film.

Presented in partnership with the Max Kade German-American Center.

Emil and the Detectives follows a young boy named Emil who has been packed off to visit relatives in Germany. While en route on the train, Emil’s money is stolen by a penny-ante thief. The boy enlists the aid of a group of pre-teen youths who fancy themselves ace detectives.

Emil and the Detectives (German: Emil und die Detektive) is a 1931 German adventure film directed by Gerhard Lamprecht and starring Rolf Wenkhaus. It is based on the 1929 novel by Erich Kästner, who also contributed to the film’s script. The film script was written by Billy Wilder. It is generally considered to be the best film adaption of Emil and the Detectives.

Emil and the Detectives will be presented in German with English subtitles. The runtime is 75 minutes. This film is not rated but is suitable for the entire family. This screening will be presented digitally.


The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum
401 E Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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