Germany / France 1931
Language: German
Genre: Drama
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Cinematographer: Robert Baberske, Fritz Arno Wagner
Script: Karl Otten, Peter Martin Lampel, Gerbert Rappaport, Ladislaus Vajda, Carl Haensel (Roman)
Editor: Marc Sorkin, Jean Oser
Cast: Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Ernst Busch, Elisabeth Wendt
Producer: Seymour Nebenzahl
Production Company: Nero-Film AG, Gaumont-Franco Film-Aubert
Music: G. von Rigelius
Sound: Adolf Jansen
Distributor: Deutsche Kinemathek
Lenght: 93 Min.
Format: DCP/Bu-ray
Color: SW
Age Limit: <

Picture by Deutsche Kinemathek. Years after the end of the First World War, the climate on the German-French border is still marked by resentment – when the children play marbles or when the adults are on the dance floor. However, when 600 men on the French side are buried during a pit disaster, the German miners rush to help without hesitation. Mate is mate. Gregor and Patalas write in their ”History of the Film” (1962): ”Pabst shows the combination of class rule and nationalist ideology. Like WEST FRONT in 1918, this film is again also rich in sequences of intense realism.” In Germany, the film was a commercial flop, in France on the other hand it was successful.



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