Alois Brummer – Auf ins blaukarierte Himmelbett (1974)
This is probably Alois Brummer’s best film – but before you all rush out and buy it, be warned that this is a judgement relative to his other output, and we are not exactly talking about the prime achievements of European cinema in the 20th century.
The story lines about a village gone mad about a suspected treasure and about antagonistic neighbours and their decidely less antagonistic offspring are very typical for plays popular at “Volksbühnen”, i.e. non-subsidised theatres specialising at popular (often rural) comedies. Fittingly, some of the cast come from that background.
What is unusual for Brummer’s work is that the story lines are actually seen through, resulting in a coherent whole. Some of the tension in the plot is of a sexual nature and thus suitable for the sex comedy treatment, but that dosage of sex clearly does not suffice for the demands of the genre. Therefore lots of entirely gratuitous nudity is added.