Christoph Waltz has made his directorial debut in a new scripted movie based on the infamous 2011 murder of a Washington DC socialite by her boytoy husband.
Viola Drath, 91, was found dead in the bathroom of her home in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC on August 11, 2011 by her second husband Albrecht Gero Muth, 47, who was later convicted of murdering her after years of domestic violence.
In the bizarre, true-to-life story, Muth had posed as an Iraqi general and at one point even officially changed his name to ‘Count Albi’ while dating another man after a violent incident in 2002 led to a protracted split. .
Waltz’s film, titled Georgetown, will hit theaters May 14 and May 18 via video-on-demand, and is inspired by a 2012 article in The New York Times Magazine entitled The Worst Marriage in Georgetown by Franklin Foer.
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Christoph Waltz, pictured, has made his directorial debut in a new script film based on the infamous 2011 murder of Viola Drath
The character based on Drath is played by Vanessa Redgrave, while Waltz plays the character based on Albrecht Gero Muth, the man who killed her.
In the bizarre, lifelike story, Muth had pretended to be an Iraqi general and at one point even officially changed his name to ‘Count Albi’.
Waltz ‘film, entitled Georgetown, will hit theaters on May 14 and on May 18 via video-on-demand.
Drath and Muth hosted lavish parties in their row house with notable guests including Anne Patterson, former President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Egypt and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Georgetown closely follows the details of the murder, but takes some creative liberties, including changing Viola Drath’s name to Elsa Brecht and Albrecht Gero Muth’s name to Ulrich Mott.
The character based on Drath is played by Vanessa Redgrave while Waltz plays the character based on Muth. Annette Bening and Corey Hawkins also play in Georgetown. The film was written by Tony-winning playwright David Auburn.
As described by Paramount Pictures, Waltz plays “an eccentric and smooth-talking social climber who seems to have everyone in Washington, DC wrapped around their finger.”
But when his wealthy, well-connected, and much older wife (Redgrave) shows up dead at their home, her daughter Amanda (Bening) suspects that Ulrich may not be all he seems as the police investigation begins to uncover a greater deception . much deeper than anyone could have ever imagined. ‘
The real Albrecht Muth is portrayed in a fake Iraqi general uniform after years of setbacks
A photo from May 2004 shows the real Viola Drath at the annual Woodrow Wilson garden party and hat competition in Washington
Viola Drath, 91, was discovered unresponsive at her home in the 3200 block of Q Street in Northwest in Georgetown
The film has been in the making since 2015 and had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2019.
Drath was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on February 8, 1920 and later met her first husband, Colonel Francis S. Drath, before moving with him to Lincoln, Nebraska.
Known in Germany as a playwright, Drath became a journalist and worked as a commentator for KUON-TV in Omaha and as a foreign correspondent for German newspapers.
She moved to Washington DC with her first husband in 1968 when he was hired as a legislative liaison with the Selective Service. The couple had a loving marriage until Francis Drath died of cancer in 1986.
Fran Drath, her daughter, said Francis “dead” was difficult for her.
‘It was very difficult. It turned her world upside down. What scared her the most is that she knew she couldn’t replace him, ”she said.
Over the course of her life, Drath held a number of political and diplomatic positions, including as a foreign policy adviser during former President George HW Bush’s campaign in 1988.
At some point in the early 1980s, Drath met Muth, who was then an unpaid intern from Germany and 44 years her junior, according to an article in the Washington Post.
Drath wrote in an autobiography that she was impressed by Muth’s “natural eloquence, his polished speech, his understanding of affairs of state, administration and the intricacies of political chess.”
“Often after our talks, he would sit by the baby grand piano to play and sing for me until the wee hours of the evening,” she wrote in the autobiography.
The couple spent months talking on the phone and drinking tea together until Muth showed up unannounced at her home in a tuxedo and proposed to marry me, the Washington Post reported.
After Drath accepted the proposal, Muth called Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia to ask if he wanted to marry them.
The couple were finally married by a Virginia Supreme Court judge in early 1990 – just four years after the death of her late husband.
Drath and Muth hosted lavish parties in their row house with notable guests including Anne Patterson, former President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Egypt, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, The New York Times Magazine reported.
The day Drath died, Muth called 112 and reported returning from his morning walk to find her “ spread out on their bathroom floor, ” the outlet reported.
“A 91-year-old tumbling in a bathroom is not uncommon, so detectives initially did not investigate her death,” according to The New York Times Magazine.
The medical examiner had to point out a day later that her scalp was bruised, her thumbnail torn and the cartilage in her neck was broken. She had been strangled and clubbed to death. ‘
Muth was sentenced to 50 years in prison for her murder, the Washington Post reported in 2014.
He claimed he had not murdered Drath and said he had been unjustly convicted.