Following World War I, after a long imprisonment, two German prisoner-of-war soldiers escape from a Siberian lead-mine. Karl manages to reach Germany before Richard, and is sheltered by ... See full summary »
Following World War I, after a long imprisonment, two German prisoner-of-war soldiers escape from a Siberian lead-mine. Karl manages to reach Germany before Richard, and is sheltered by Anna, wife of Richard. While Richard is still on his homeward trek, Karl and Anna fall in love. And then Richard comes home. Written by
Les Adams <email@example.com>
The Prompt And Personal Consequences Of The Disasters Of War
"Heimkehr" it is a superb masterpiece, a beautiful and bitter film that depicts a love triangle during the World War I post-war period. It's an oeuvre that this German count likes particularly since he saw it during the Weimar era for the first time. In the film, Herr May's skilfulness and craftsmanship are showed superbly in many technical aspects. These include the developing of the film's love story that shows the prompt and personal consequences of the disasters of war that the main characters suffer. They are played by three very important German silent actors of that time, Herr Lars Hanson (Richard), Dame Dita Parlo ( her first film )(Anna) und Herr Gustav Fröhlich (Karl).
Remarkable use of camera-work is used in order to depict time passing inexorably and in different ways for their two main characters. Flashbacks and shots with combined images or in real time are incorporated with parallel stories that join together in a dramatic manner. Varying different sceneries, Hamburg and Siberia, are shown in a remarkable way with varied nuances. For example, the thrilling urban life of Hamburg is combined with the Anna's ordinary life in her neighborhood (an excellent example of those Weimar films where the hard daily nature are shown without false embellishments). Contrasting are the cold and deserted Siberian sceneries combined with the prisoners' hard labour in the mine. They match perfectly and dramatically for a story in where human basic impulses (those that this German aristocrat lacks) such as instinct for survival, sexual desire, becomes a major theme in this film.
Unfortunately it seems that this film only has survived in a very poor condition and this German count wouldn't mind to donate his fat heiress' fortunes in order to restore and clean up this nitrate. Then in would be possible to appreciate the full-length original quality of the magnificence of this film.
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must to whip again his servants now that it's very homely here.
Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?