Tales from the Vienna Woods is set in the early 1930s, but tells a story that could happen today, as well as tomorrow. Two stage actors introduce the audience to the stories of the protagonists at the Belvedere Gardens. Maximilian Schell’s camera immediately shows us a man from the back as the sun sets. An image that will recur frequently throughout the feature film along with numerous totals and pan shots necessary to maintain a certain detachment.
One of the iconic faces of cinema that tells us about the Second World War and Nazism. A versatile actor with an uncommon talent that also led him to establish himself as a respected director and successful musician. And in the beginning, art was not supposed to be his profession. Yet Maximilian Schell quickly showed his great talent.