A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily ... See full summary »
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Thymiane is a beautiful young girl who is not having a storybook life. Her governess, Elizabeth, is thrown out of her home when she is pregnant, only to be later found drowned. That same ... See full summary »
One day in the life of an alcohol addict. With the help of his girlfriend Krysia, Kuba attempts to regain control of his life. But when she's at work, Kuba is home alone, and it becomes hard not to resist the temptation.
A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to ... See full summary »
An old German mine was split in two after the end of WWI because of where the new border was located. In the French part a fire breaks out; the German miners send a rescue group in, helping their French comrades. Three old German miners, who were not treated friendly at a French inn the night before, start their own private rescue through an old tunnel that separated the two mines. Will the official rescue party realize there are others left behind in time to save them? Written by
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The movie was filmed in the narrow transitional sound ratio of 1.20-1, but, at least in the case of the Janus video release telecast on Turner Classic Movies, has been converted to the standard 1.37-1 ratio with the result that the players' heads are cut off either partially or completely in many of the key scenes. In the final sequence, the heads of the speakers are completely cut off. See more »
Fire and collapse threaten the lives of hundreds of French miners in this B&W masterpiece released in 1931. Director Pabst uses the occasion of the collapse as a statement against war. Despite animosities between France and Germany, some German miners assemble a rescue team, cross the border and go underground to aid those trapped below.
The film is amazing in its depiction of mining--the claustrophobic working conditions, the dusty blackness, the danger. The verisimilitude is so convincing that it feels like actors must have been at risk themselves.
Despite language differences and the fears that war promulgates, French and German teams manage to save numerous miners. During the hours that the rescue efforts are being undertaken, the film depicts various points of view and brings together a number of subplots: a grandfather who fears for his grandson trapped in the mine; the townspeople united by their common fears and helpless feelings; a woman who longs to leave behind the inevitable heartbreaks that life in a mining town offers, but is drawn back by her love; the German miners who recognize their commonalities with the miners on the other side of the border.
This is an important story, reminding the viewer that humanity should always trump nationality.
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