The citizen who arrives at the court of the local bishop, played by Kurt Raab, is the very well presented Karl Scheydt. He is humble, and he is well dressed, despite the bishops interest in the fact that ‘he stinks’ – but that is only because he wears the late 60s male uniform of black suit, and thin black tie, as popularised by many a film, especially those of the French variety. Yes, he stinks; but the smell clearly turns on the bishop, who nearly ravishes him on the spot.

 

It is Scheydt’s character, the stinking peasant who brings the news of the potential uprising and it is his character, still in that snappy suit, who remains standing, guilty, when all his friends and comrades have been either shot or rounded up.