The story of of a Nazi deserter ‘The Captain’ to play in Jaffrey

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  • Jaffrey’s River Street Theatre will screen the German documentary “The Captain” on Sept. 22 and 26. Courtesy Photo

Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:9PM

Jaffrey’s River Street Theatre (a project of The Park Theatre) will screen the new docudrama film from Germany that is based on real events from World War II. Winner of 11 film festival awards from around the globe, “The Captain” will screen Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The film is in German with English subtitles.

Based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland, “The Captain” follows a German army deserter, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some.

Citing direct orders from the Führer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice. Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, this enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader, whomever that happens to be. Simultaneously a historical docudrama and sociological examination with undertones of the absurd, “The Captain” presents fascism as something of a game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous.

Tickets for “The Captain” (Not Rated) are $8. Seniors, military, students, teachers are $7.

More program and schedule information, as well as ticket purchases, can be found at riverst.org or by calling the RST Box Office (603) 532-8888. The after-hours box office can be reached by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.