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Broken Lullaby (1932)

 -  Drama  -  24 January 1932 (USA)
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A young French soldier in World War I is overcome with guilt when he kills a German soldier who, like himself, is a musically gifted conscript, each having attended the same musical ... See full summary »

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Fraulein Elsa, Walter's Fiancée
Phillips Holmes ...
Paul Renard
Louise Carter ...
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Herr Walter Schultz
Tom Douglas ...
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Anna, Holderlin's Maid
Frank Sheridan ...
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George Bickel ...
Herr Bresslauer, Dress Shop Owner
Emma Dunn ...
Frau Miller
Reinhold Pasch ...
Fritz's Father
Rodney McLennan ...
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A young French soldier in World War I is overcome with guilt when he kills a German soldier who, like himself, is a musically gifted conscript, each having attended the same musical conservatory in France. The fact that the incident occurred in war does not assuage his guilt. He travels to Germany to meet the man's family. Written by Steve Owen <owensmi@juno.com>

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24 January 1932 (USA)  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Pere de la Victoire
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Music by Louis Ganne
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After the War
14 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A haunting depiction of the moral after-effects of war (in this case, of World War I) on the life of a young French soldier who in a battlefield trench bayonets a young non-resisting German soldier. Reading a letter found on the deceased's body sets him on a trail of guilt in search of forgiveness. The pilgrimage leads him to Germany and the house of the dead man's parents. Though over-shadowed by the more famous "All Quiet on the Western Front", this film is no less poignant in its anti-war sentiment. In a few scenes the camera work is symbolically brilliant, adding a graphic depth to the dialog that follows. I saw it on TV in England; other reviewers report on it from Japan, Brazil, Canada, and the US. But never from DVD or video. Why not? It is a masterpiece worth preserving for generations to come, of those doubting the merits of war; worth buying and sharing.


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