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Jimmy Orpheus

GER 1966, 52 min

A stroll through St. Pauli at night – cult director Roland Klick lets a young love flare up between nouvelle vague, German beat and total cinematic madness. A modern Orpheus and Eurydice.


After work, there are the streets with all their nightclubs and pubs, through which the dock worker Jimmy, a young lad with nothing to lose, drifts. And on the other there is a girl, with long eyelashes made of beer coasters and a coat collar that big that she can put it up right under her eyes. Our protagonist talks his head off, for almost 52 minutes – the full length of the film – but there seems to be no room for romantic love on the streets of the city. Not even a ring as a gift (or payment) might help to bind them to one another, at least for one night.


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Language: German, Subtitles: English

Press reviews

JIMMY ORPHEUS is a wildly improvised love story between nouvelle vague, German Beat and total cinematic craziness. (, 1999)

Awards and Festivals

- FBW-Prädikat: »Wertvoll«


Director, Screenplay, Editor and Music
Roland Klick
Klaus Schichan, Ortrud Beginnen
Director of Photography
Robert van Ackeren
Hanns Eckelkamp, Ernst Liesenhoff
World Premiere
11.10.1966, Internationale Filmwoche Mannheim


JIMMY ORPHEUS has been released on the DVD ROLAND KLICK FILMS in the Roland Klick - DVD-Collection as well as on the single DVD DAS KINO DES ROLAND KLICK.

Distribution Details

Screening Format
Blu-ray Disc
35mm (contact Deutsche Kinemathek)
Aspect Ratio
35mm, 1:1,37
License Area