Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg - Fascist and Patriot
Year: 2011
Run-Time: 1 x 50 min.

Directed by Walter Seledec

Gebhardt Productions for ORF
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg - Fascist and Patriot

Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg - Faschist und Patriot

Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg was the most glamorous politician of theFirst Austrian Republic. A man descended from an ancient noble family, awomaniser, a patriot and a fascist who turned from Hitler's admirer intohis grim opponent. In the republic, the declared monarchist of noble birthbecomes the leader of the «Heimwehr» (Home Guard) paramilitary groupsand the bitter antagonist of the socialists, who he fights. For the Austrofascist«Ständestaat» the enthusiastic fascist organises the support of Italian«Il Duce» Benito Mussolini.The historical documentary evaluates the life of a colourful politician anda conflicting person who as a playboy and a womaniser was a very publicstar in his time with enthusiastic adherents and rancorous enemies. Elaborateset pieces illustrate key turning points of his life, watershed events ofthe republic before 1938. After numerous affairs, the Catholic noblemanmarries his lover Nora Gregor, a Burg Theatre actress, who launches a filmcareer in the United States during the Second World War.
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