German composer sues spoof

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A German composer is demanding millions of marks in damages from the producers of the Bavarian Western spoof “Der Schuh des Manitu.”

Ralph Siegel said the soundtrack melody was taken from his composition for “Winnetou,” a cult German film, which “Der Schuh” aims in part to spoof.

Siegel is demanding a share of the revenues from “Der Schuh des Manitu.”

Michael Wolf, co-producer of “Manitu,” described the claim as absurd. Pic has generated over 5.4 million admissions.

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