Leuchtturm des Chaos

Pharos Of Chaos
Manfred Blank, Wolf-Eckart Bühler
BRD 1983
114 min

Wolf-Eckart Bühler had already made one film about the adventur- ous, seafaring Sterling Hayden (DER HAVARIST / THE SHIPWRECKER) and finally tracked down the man in person to make this frank, fascinating document. Bühler finds the semi-retired actor, war hero, occasional writer and itinerant sailor whiling away his days – frequently drunk or stoned – living on a barge in France. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to his character in Altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE, the wild and weathered old man of the sea and out of time enjoys quoting his favorite literature and telling anecdotes until finally opening up about his alcoholism, his loneliness, his “creative impotency,” and his deepest shame: publicly naming names in Hollywood during the Red Scare [referring to the Hollywood blacklist and the “House Un-American Activities Committee” – Ed.]. Dismissing most of his acting career as meaningless roles offered as a reward for his betrayal, he is proud of only of a handful of films – THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950) and DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) among them. By the time Bühler catches up with him, Hayden’s dark and stormy life exists between paradise and the “prison without bars” his tortured soul has become. (Brittany Gravely, Harvard Film Archive)

In the presence of Wolf-Eckart Bühler.


  • Burkhard Driest
  • Hanns Zischler
  • Sterling Hayden
  • Charles Brauer
  • Wolf-Eckart Bühler
  • Manfred Blank
  • Bernd Fiedler
  • Manfred Blank
  • Manfred Blank
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