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12 December 1943 (Finland) See more »
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The story of the sinking of the British luxury liner Titanic in 1912. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Dramatic, Effective Telling of the Titanic Story - From Nazi Germany See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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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Runtime:
85 min | Germany:80 min (censored version)
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Mono | Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
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Although most propaganda movies are banned in Germany, sometimes this movie is broadcast on TV, albeit with the strongest propaganda scenes deleted.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Petersen is taking the little girl on his arms from the ship, he's wearing his complete uniform, including the jacket. But when he's swimming in the sea the the lifesaving boat and has the girl on his shoulders, he's not wearing the jacket, until the court scene.See more »
Quotes:
John Jacob Astor:[to his wife] To each his own, Madeleine. For me, more power, for you, more jewelry.
Lady Astor:Jewelry is also an asset.
John Jacob Astor:But not always stable. Even gems are subject to fluctuation. And they can only be accurately judged when they are taken out of their setting. Just like women.
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Edited into A Night to Remember (1958)See more »
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Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning Polka)See more »

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38 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A Dramatic, Effective Telling of the Titanic Story - From Nazi Germany, 20 July 2004

It's not that common in movie history that a director angers the producer/distributor of his movie so much that the latter has the former murdered. That's what happened to co-director Herbert Selpin in 1942 before the release of Germany's film contribution to the Titanic saga. Dr. Josef Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister and self-anointed arbiter of culture in the Third Reich, had the Gestapo arrest Selpin who was reported dead in his cell the day after. Suicide? Ridiculous.

The Titanic story has been told many times on film, both as documentary and as drama. Interest currently appears to intensify with the same speed as the over-visited wreck rapidly succumbs to a final ballet of disintegration.

Years ago The Film Society of Lincoln Center ran a retrospective of movies produced during the Third Reich. For most attendees it was a revelation, and a disturbing one at that. Many are familiar with the late Leni Reifenstahl's documentary paean to the Olympics (propaganda aside, one of the greatest films of that genre) and the odious "Jude Suss" is the iconographic movie symbolism of Nazi antisemitism. Few were aware how much genuine creativity, free of obvious dogmatism, emerged from that twelve-year period of German darkness and depravity. The retrospective made many think about the complexity of life in 1933-1945 Germany.

One of the films I saw was the 1943 "Titanic" which had a small premiere followed by an order from Goebbels pulling the movie. Ostensibly, Germans were not to be exposed to seeing the panic on the great liner as it foundered (actually most Germans, especially those in urban areas, had more visible frequent reasons to panic by 1943.

Selpin (with co-director Werner Klingler) turned out a sumptuous, ornate and dramatically compelling movie. Largely using the known facts, "Titanic" tells the well worn tale of a ship driven to unreasonable and dangerous speeds in order to set a record. There are some significant deviations. Here, the English first officer - seized with some malady - is replaced by a German seaman named Petersen, a model of experience and rectitude. J. Bruce Ismay, whose social life was justifiably ruined because of his escaping the sinking behemoth, is unrealistically portrayed as a grasping cad whose crudity was not found in the self-absorbed, rich and supinely confident real shipping magnate. The vessel's master, Captain Smith, is overly subservient to Ismay but he responds well to the disaster.

This movie wasn't made on the cheap. Given the deteriorating wartime situation, a lot of marks were expended for terrific sets and fine attire.

There's no real Nazi propaganda. The movie ends with a comment that English greed occasioned the loss of so many lives but very many books and articles from Old Blighty and the U.S. echo that view.

Because of its anti-British utterances, the Allies banned the movie in their sectors in Germany at first while it was freely available in the Soviet zone. Hardly a surprise-that movie maven, Stalin, probably loved this capitalist-bashing film.

KINO VIDEO has performed a real service by releasing the film on DVD. There are two versions-this release is the shorter one without the trial scene in which survivor Petersen rails against the British in court. Actually the movie is stronger for that omission. After she goes down, what else is there really to say?

There are some interesting special features on the disc including an early commercial short made by the White Star Line showing the amenities of RMS Olympic, another luxury liner built before Titanic (technically, Olympic wasn't a sister ship of its more famous and briefly triumphant successor but the differences aren't important).

This is an important release for Titanic buffs but also for those interested in film-making in Nazi Germany. There were movies made that deserve current viewing for reasons apart from their historic association with a barbaric regime.

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