The Haunted Castle

This hilarious satire of the FRG’s economic turnaround unexpectedly assumes the form of a kind of horror musical laden with special effects (with a score by the great composer Friedrich Hollaender, his last). Charlotte (Liselotte Pulver) inherits an old castle near Bonn—and a tremendous amount of debt. But, luckily for Charlotte, the castle is haunted by five ghosts who resolve to help dig her out of her financial hole. Their approach proves to be, shall we say, unconventional, and Charlotte comes to wonder whether this spectral assistance might be more trouble than it’s worth. The Haunted Castle is more than a whacky, entertaining curio; it’s also a sneakily political parable about Germany’s road to recovery following the fall of the Third Reich.

Playing on November 18 in 35mm.