The blank verse does not work all that well in subtitles, but the film works even for those who don't understand German. The man who broke the jug, the judge, is trying a case who determine... See full summary »
This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting.
Josef von Báky
King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf, and things aren't going well. The Austrians are inflicting ... See full summary »
Filming of the performance show the Deutsche Wehrmacht (German Army) made during the Reichsparteitag of the NSDAP in Nurnberg 1935. Showing the readiness and the will of the newly build ... See full summary »
Albrecht & Octavia & Äls, form a triangle from families of idle intellectuals, prone to Neitsche. Nature loving Äls is gravely ill. Further tragedy looms as Albrecht contracts typhoid bringing Äls' foster child out of an infected area.
Irene von Meyendorff
During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the ... See full summary »
Paulus "Oom Paul" Kruger (1825-1904) was president of the Transvaal(1883-1900) and leader of the Boers during the Boer War (1899-1902). Although defeated by the British, Kruger achieved considerable acclaim for his stout fight against the odds.
In the film, a blind and exiled Kruger recounts the war to his young nurse. The British are depicted as clever, duplicitous, and ruthless. The Boers are shown as resolute and valiant, but ultimately as victims. So the film served Nazi audiences as both an inspiration and as a warning - honor the Boer's heroism but don't let their fate befall you!
Jannings is excellent as Kruger and the caricatures of the British villains (Queen Victoria, Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill - complete with bulldog) are sometimes amusing, but the spectacle scenes (a Boer "off to war" parade and the battle sequences) are much too long and poorly edited. The final massacre of women and children in a British concentration camp is clearly derived from the Odessa Steps sequence in Eisenstein's "Potemkin."
Propaganda pictures are seldom effective and "Ohm Kruger" is no exception. Everything in the film is taken too far, but then the Nazis had a tendency to go too far. In that sense, "Ohm Kruger"reflects their perspective very well.
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