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Titanic -- In April, 1943, the film was banned by the Berlin censors for German release because of its terrifying scenes of panic, all too familiar to German civilians undergoing nightly Allied bombing raids.


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Release Date:
12 December 1943 (Finland) See more »
The story of the sinking of the British luxury liner Titanic in 1912. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Decent Titanic flick, but stiff and pale. As German propaganda it's good for some laughs. See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order)

Sybille Schmitz ... Sigrid Olinsky
Hans Nielsen ... 1st Officer Petersen
Kirsten Heiberg ... Gloria
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ... Sir Bruce Ismay (as E.F. Fürbringer)
Karl Schönböck ... John Jacob Astor
Charlotte Thiele ... Lady Astor

Otto Wernicke ... Captain Edward J. Smith
Franz Schafheitlin ... Hunderson
Sepp Rist ... Jan
Claude Farell ... Manniküre Hedi (as Monika Burg)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jolly Bohnert ... Marcia (uncredited)
Hermann Brix ... Kapellmeister Gruber (uncredited)
Fritz Böttger ... Lord Douglas (uncredited)
Karl Dannemann ... 1. Funker Philipps (uncredited)
Kurt Alexander Duma ... 2. Ingenieur Hesketh (uncredited)
Peter Elsholtz ... Landarbeiter Bobby (uncredited)
Karl Fochler ... Obersteward (uncredited)
Fritz Genschow ... Landarbeiter Henry (uncredited)
Herbert Gernot ... Schiffsdetektiv (uncredited)
Susi Jera ... Kind (uncredited)
Josef Kamper ... 1. Ingenieur Romain (uncredited)
Lieselott Klingler ... Anne (uncredited)
W.P. Krüger ... (uncredited)

Hans Leibelt ... (uncredited)
Theodor Loos ... Geheimrat Bergmann (uncredited)
Karl Meixner ... Lord Astors 1. Sekretär Hopkins (uncredited)
Edgar Pauly ... (uncredited)
Werner Scharf ... Südländer Mendoz (uncredited)
Just Scheu ... Dr. Lorenzen (uncredited)
Georg H. Schnell ... Aktionär Morrison (uncredited)
Hans Schwarz Jr. ... Athletischer Kerl (uncredited)
Theo Shall ... 1st Officer Murdoch (uncredited)
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ... Oberrichter (uncredited)
Walter Steinbeck ... Aktionär Fränklin (uncredited)
Walter Steinweg ... Bootsmann (uncredited)
Erich Stelmecke ... (uncredited)
Herbert Tiede ... 2nd Officer Lightoller (uncredited)
Charlotte Tiedemann ... Frau mit Kind (uncredited)
Toni von Bukovics ... Herzogin (uncredited)
Peter Voß ... Schiffsarzt (uncredited)
Heinz Welzel ... 2. Funker Bride (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Selpin 
Werner Klingler (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harald Bratt  story (uncredited)
Hansi Köck  script (uncredited)
Herbert Selpin  writer
Walter Zerlett-Olfenius 

Original Music by
Werner Eisbrenner 
Cinematography by
Friedl Behn-Grund 
Film Editing by
Friedel Buckow 
Production Design by
Robert A. Dietrich 
August Herrmann 
Fritz Lück 
Fritz Maurischat 
Set Decoration by
Robert A. Dietrich (uncredited)
August Herrmann (uncredited)
Fritz Lück (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Max von Formacher (uncredited)
Production Management
Willy Reiber .... production manager
Fritz Schwarz .... unit manager
Sound Department
Adolf Jansen .... sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ernst Kunstmann .... visual effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Ewald .... still photographer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
85 min | Germany:80 min (censored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In the original script, Sybille Schmitz's character was a Danish aristocrat named "Sigrid Oole." For reasons unknown, Joseph Goebbels ordered Sigrid to be re-written as a Russian countess and the surname changed to "Olinsky" during the shoot.See more »
Factual errors: Bruce Ismay was never married to a woman named Gloria. He was already married to Florence Schieffelin during the maiden voyage of the Titanic.See more »
1st Officer Murdoch:What wheater! It it stays calm, we'll be in New York at least a day ahead of schedule.
1st Officer Petersen:Meanwhile the engines are ruined.
1st Officer Murdoch:President Ismay surely knows what he's doing, ordering this speed.
[to the side]
1st Officer Murdoch:Sailor.
1st Officer Petersen:Who's running this ship? Ismay or the captain?
1st Officer Murdoch:The Captian naturally does what the president of the line requests.
1st Officer Petersen:And why does he request such rubbish?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Decent Titanic flick, but stiff and pale. As German propaganda it's good for some laughs., 5 April 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Titanic (1943)

Goebbels takes on the Titanic. And loses. In fact, the movie languished in hiding or in bad t.v. versions until 2005.

This is the most expensive German film to date, and its technical competence pales next to American films of the same period. It uses the sinking of the Titanic as a vehicle to criticize the avarice of capitalist England, their enemy at the time. So along with the usual drama of love and chivalry and overconfidence, there is a story of stock trading and of racing the ship at top speed in order to break the record and raise the company's value per share.

All of which isn't totally improbable, and as a weird Nazi view of the world it's pretty fascinating. In truth, it's not a bad film. But in truth, it's not something you need to bother with unless the political propaganda aspects sound appealing. Or unless you are just curious about different film versions of the events. The effects here are vivid and often very realistic until they show the ship from the water. The interpersonal acting is uneven and a bit stiff going, usually, with some caricaturing used as a way to avoid character development.

If you want a classic older Titanic film for the pure drama of the disaster, I suggest the 1958 A Night to Remember (a British production) over the American 1953 Titanic which has star power but is boring by comparison. Of course, there is the 1997 version, in color, which has its own problems and dazzlements. But stop to at least imagine what the Nazi regime could possibly have been thinking, spending a ton of money on an unlikely movie just as the tide is turning against them in the war. And watch how terrific they paint the one German officer on the ship, telling the truth and saving lives like no one else. Propaganda, for sure, but not a horrible movie, as a movie, either.

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