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Der Mann mit dem Fagott (2011)

The story of Udo Jürgens, one of the most popular musicians (singer and pianist) of German speaking Europe, beginning with the story of his grandfather being inspired to emigrate to Russia ... See full summary »


Miguel Alexandre


Harald Göckeritz (teleplay), Miguel Alexandre (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Udo Jürgens ... Himself
Christian Berkel ... Heinrich Bockelmann
David Rott ... Udo Jürgens (as a Young Man)
Ulrich Noethen ... Rudi Bockelmann
Valerie Niehaus ... Gitta
Melika Foroutan ... Anna Bockelmann
Herbert Knaup ... Erwin Bockelmann
Fanny Stavjanik ... Käthe Bockelmann
Alexander Kalodikis Alexander Kalodikis ... Udo Jürgens - as a Child
Lenn Kudrjawizki ... Aljoscha Kasajev (as a Young Man) / Sergej Kasajev
Otto Tausig ... Aljoscha Kasajev
Andreas Lust ... Baron von Thalen
Joel Eisenblätter Joel Eisenblätter ... Rudi Bockelmann - as a Child
Patrick Jahns ... Klaus
Mark Zak Mark Zak ... Kropotkin


The story of Udo Jürgens, one of the most popular musicians (singer and pianist) of German speaking Europe, beginning with the story of his grandfather being inspired to emigrate to Russia when he hears a street musician play the Russian folk song Kalinka on a bassoon. The film follows the fate of three generations of the singer's family.

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Biography | Drama




Germany | Austria



Release Date:

29 September 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La mélodie du destin See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »


Box Office


EUR7,000,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts)


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One of the better German TV movies
23 April 2014 | by walnutfilmsSee all my reviews

Udo Jürgens is one of the most popular musicians in German history. Even though I don't like his music too much, this film gave me a good time, despite it's length (more than 3.5 hours!). Director Miguel Alexandre has made some good films in the past and this might be his best one. He stays focused on the characters and the story, doesn't use too much cliché and creates an authentic atmosphere. Even though the film is set in four different countries and is not always linear, I never got lost or bored. The film also avoids to become another piece of teaching Germans how bad their history is and, again, always stays focused on what is important. It was easy for me to feel with the characters and the story made sense. You see the small budget at some points in the film, but hey, for a TV movie it's still pretty big.

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