The driveway to the ground is already lined with an unusual companion: a sign in a foreign language, serbo-croatian, buries the guest. "Ne prilazite" it says. Translated: blob not to go further. A skull indicates danger. To be more precise: on mines. Booby traps in spitzeichen? Thomas vogt shakes his head. A souvenir from croatia, but not from just anywhere. The sign once warned below the tulove grede of buried death bringers from the yugoslavian civil war. In the middle of the film set of the karl may movies from the 1960s.
This way to the death scene
Up the driveway thomas vogt, herbert pfaffstatter and wolfram ball stand around a table with photos of a rock formation: that tulove grede, the steepest rock in the mali alan massif near croatian zadar. "There is the path, this is where winnetou's death scene took place", says pfaffstatter with a horbar lower austrian tongue and points to a crack in the stone wall, the fringes on old shatterhand's costume wobbling. He and his wife christa recently returned from a trip to the original locations.
Christa becomes ribanna
Now she spreads at the "karl-may-fest" in spitzeichen the pictures from. Christa pfaffstatter is actually a blonde woman with glasses. Until she becomes ribanna, winnetou's sister. Then she wears the indian equivalent of angela merkel, i.E. A kind of pantsuit (without rows of buttons) in deerskin, a black pigtail wig and moccasins. On the forehead a sequined band, which is based on the costume from the films exchange real. Pfaffstatter's friend and may-fan hans wedl has made the cowboy-and-indian-wander in months of work and after meticulous study of set photos. "Every seam is true to the original. A crazy thing."
He and his wife traveled 600 kilometers in the car to reminisce about the films of director harald reinl and producer horst wendlandt at the karl-may party of thomas vogt and his life companion anja albrecht, who also started the cult around an apache chief and his "weiben bruder" in austria justified. The film music from the pen of martin bottcher resounds from loudspeakers over the garden, between the beer barrel and the barbecue stand the film posters with the slightly faded likenesses of the heroes from some of the youths.
Those who meet here in spitzeichen are not content with a video evening: they are what you call hardcore fans. Who not only dresses up to watch movies, but also re-enacts the scenes from the winnetou classics at the film locations. Who is looking for the place where once chief klekih petra was laid out on a tree. "On our journey we still found the foundation on which the film people erected the requisite", says christa/ribanna. She and her husband are staying in crvena luka ("red bay") in the bungalow that once served as lex barker's lodgings during filming.
You also visited the valley where the german emigrant baumann in "unter geiern" had his ranch. "Today there is a wild mulch landfill." A glowing admirer like herbert pfaffstatter's heart bleeds at such a sight. "The croatians are only slowly realizing that there is a european cult around these films and these places. Unfortunately, however, much has already been irretrievably lost.
Ribanna-double for pierre brice
But not the enthusiasm for winnetou. And its actor pierre brice. In 2010, pfaffstatters and their like-minded friends succeeded in bringing the frenchman, whose name will forever be associated with the apache chief, to a meeting in the western town of pullman city to invite in the harz. The actor had already been paying for 80 years at that time. "But to meet this legend in person, that's really something!." Christa pfaffstatter rolls her eyes.
She and her husband brought a thick photo book with them, a much sought-after object for viewing also in spitzeichen. And evidence that the austrian woman in her costume at the reenactment of the burial between the chief and the chief's daughter certainly did not cut a worse figure than the "real" one did at the time ribanna karin dor, as also confirmed by thomas vogt.
The 45-year-old himself was recently back in croatia. Eleven years ago he set off for the first time for the former yugoslavia. "I absolutely had to see the scene live." With some friends he later shot a winnetou-flick there with his own alan-film-production. "At that time everything was still mined." A guide named tomislav, who himself fought in the civil war, led the german through dangerous terrain. Passing by the red and white portrayal. "We were among the first to return to the tulove grede after years of war turmoil and roam over that 'green meadow' over which in 'winnetou 3' the cavalry rode to protect the apaches." But in spite of all the space actions: even today you can't be quite sure that there isn't something buried in the ground after all. "But one thing is certain, vogt says with a laugh: "no karl may fan has died in croatia yet."