What is the main thing in life

The main thing is to live ...



Film list Diethard Klante





Diethard Klante


Diethard Klante




Arthur movie


Rolf Paulerberg


Peter Fischer









World premiere



Television game






Franziska Walser


Lambert Hamel


Philipp Arp


Ignaz Kirchner


Carolin Weber


Kyra Mladeck

Kerstin de Ahna

Horst Sachtleben

Karl Renar

Kurt Raab

Richard Beek

Helmut Stange

Peter Herzog

Aenne Nau

Franziska Stömmer

Gisela Kade

Irmhild Wagner







From the limits of reasonableness


Munich 1973: A young woman commits suicide. She no longer knows how to pay her rent and how to feed her child. She was imprisoned for something nothing; since then she has been going downhill. She leaves a suicide note: "... whoever had a previous conviction is labeled a criminal. And if everyone sees me like that, I don't want to revise this opinion. That sounds crazy and drunk, but it is so. I can just do it no more, I can no longer live in the constant fear that my child will be taken away from me ... I tried to 'take it with me', but I can't hurt him ..., can't decide about his life ... Perhaps in the end, that is, if one bears the thought (and I have had that for weeks) of killing oneself, one becomes really vengeful. I have Mr. ... "


Summer 1970: We have a visit from a twelve-year-old girl who has had hearing loss since she was born. It can only speak imperfectly and indistinctly. We talk about its future. The girl will have a hard time. It smiles and says: "The main thing: live ...".


Federal Republic of Germany 1971

From a neurological-psychiatric report:

"... then the plaintiff describes his experiences of persecution. He stated that he was insulted and insidiously beaten to the point of unconsciousness by boys in the village in his childhood as a Jewish pig. He constantly felt persecuted and threatened ...

If one takes generally binding standards and proportions as a basis, which we have proven time and again based on many years of expert experience, the plaintiff's experiences of persecution were by no means difficult or particularly difficult. If you summarize objectively and soberly, all that remains is insults and abuse of his classmates ... Insults and abuse are everywhere among young people ... "


Three people live together in a demolished old apartment in Munich.

That is the starting point of my television film. The main thing: ... live. Franz-Joseph, a half-Jew who still hopes to make amends today, Christine, who gave birth to her illegitimate child in a prison and cannot find a job, Walter, who ran away from his family at the age of fifty.


Federal Republic of 1983

Three people who have failed and are now clinging to each other.

Three people at the wheel of our society. People who, despite all adversity, have an unreasonable spontaneous sensuality, who know that they have lost, but who hope for a miracle called life. Not martyrs. What they do, are often inconsiderate towards others, unsympathetic and selfish. You don't want to be social cases. Your loneliness is great. I really like her.


After his parents divorced, Beat Alder grew up in children's and reforming homes. He was imprisoned for the first time when he was nineteen. He writes in his notes: "It is not the possession of the truth, but the means and ways by which a person searches for it that determines its value."

It is similar with Lessing. The failed, the broken, the desperate, the crazy, the failure: in their existence something reveals to me that the normal and the conformist lack: reality ... life ... the search for truth.


How much suffering can you tell in a television game? - What are the limits and what is reasonable?

Our everyday life works, or better: We function in our everyday life through a more or less perfect mechanism of forgetting. To stay normal I have to forget that millions of children have starved and starved to death with overproduction of food (and while I am fine), I have to forget the deadly madness of the arms race and the daily growing threat to peace in Europe ... forget, suppress, forget ... my helplessness, my anger ... and not only me, my state seems interested in it too, and television should help it. The more threatening the situation in which we live, the happier the television games become.


If you want to understand a novel that says something, you have to make an effort. The same applies to a play, to a film ... It should also be allowed to apply to a television play. It is exhausting to deal with another person. This is the case in fiction, in the game as in reality. Certain things cannot be obtained without effort. It takes a lot of effort to deal with your children - or with your parents. But without this effort, our life is poorer. Just as it is poorer when I suppress and forget everything that disturbs my peace. To disturb the peace and to dream of life, that is what we do as authors, actors, directors ...


The limiters of reasonableness. It's not about spoiling the audience's relaxation after work - it's about entertainment that suppresses everything that worries us, that only wants to be cheerful and can be consumed without effort, expects the viewer to do something that pushes the boundaries of Exceeds reasonableness. There is also a terrorism of happiness. It amputates our senses and our minds.


We should defend ourselves against this unreasonable demand, which despises us.

Pöcking, June 8, 1983, Diethard Klante


(Source: The television play on ZDF, Information and Press / Public Relations, Issue 43, December 1983 to February 1984)