Having watched the documentary quite a few times i will look forward to seeing this eventually............Feature film to tell the famous story of legendary Manchester City goalie Bert Trautmann
he famous story of a former Nazi paratrooper who became a legendary Manchester City goalkeeper will be retold on the big screen as a feature film.
Bert Trautmann will be forever remembered by City supporters for bravely playing for 17 minutes during the 1956 FA Cup Final victory over Birmingham City with a broken neck.
Trautmann was also the first German to play in an FA Cup final at Wembley.
Pre-production of ‘Trautmann’ the film is expected to start later this year, according to reports, with Munich-based film production company Lieblingsfilm and London-based Pistachio Pictures behind the project.
In a post on its website, Pistachio Pictures said Trautmann was the story of a ‘Nazi villain’ who rose to become a ‘British hero’.
A synopsis of the film read: “The story of the legendary German-born goalkeeper Bernd ‘Bert’ Trautmann who was goalkeeper for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.
“A man whose love for football, for England and for the love of his life, Margaret saw him rise from Nazi ‘villain’ to British hero. Trautmann won over even his harshest critics by playing on with a broken neck in the 1956 FA Cup Final, ensuring victory for his team.”
It’s understood that Trautmann and other members of his family met with the film’s producers to discuss the idea before his death in 2013.
German actor David Kross, who starred alongside Kate Winslet in Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-nominated drama The Reader in 2008, has been cast as the prisoner of war turned goalie.
Trautmann was captured in the latter stages of the Second World War and sent to a prison camp in Lancashire. He arrived at Maine Road in 1949 amid a string of protests from the local Jewish community.
By the time he left, after playing more than 500 games for the Blues, he was regarded as one of the bravest men in football.
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