Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg tackles the enigmatic figure of Karl May: the German author of the 19th Century. May constructed a staggering body of kitsch adventure-fiction that echoed American westerns, but told a quintessentially German mythology. May's works would become the symbolic justification of German nationalism, a rallying cry for the 'German spirit.' "Karl May" (1974) looks at the man, and suggests how the themes and threads in his body of work were later co-opted by Hitler and the Nazis in modern Germany. A fascinating biopic, this 2-disc set exposes one of Germany's lesser known but incredibly important characters.