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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 »
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Plot:
The story of the sinking of the British luxury liner Titanic in 1912. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)

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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono | Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
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After seeing this film, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels thought the scenes of mass panic were not appropriate viewing for Germans, who were then being subjected to British bombing. So he allowed only foreign release, with the film premiering in Paris in 1943. Beginning in late 1949 Germans could see the film, but Allied occupation authorities forbade its showing in West Germany in 1950 because of its anti-British propaganda.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The engine room telegraph dial is shown to be written in English with white letters on a dark background first, but later it is in German with black letters on a white background.See more »
Quotes:
Aktionär Fränklin:I'll give you $150.000,- for a place in a lifeboat.
1st Officer Petersen:It's useless. Women and children will be saved first.
Aktionär Fränklin:Don't be stupid, man. We can pay. I'll give you half a million.
1st Officer Petersen:Here's some advice: Get a life-jacket and go on deck.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning Polka)See more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Gilding The Propaganda Lily, 15 January 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Titanic must have been the great cause for discussion at the Propaganda Ministry in 1943. Ostensibly put out to show the kind of materialistic greedy people the Germans were fighting back then, it seems as though Joseph Goebbels felt the wrong message might still go out. The original director, Herbert Spelvin, was arrested mid production by the Gestapo and found hanging in his cell the next day. Of course suicide was the official reason given and ostensibly Goebbels was mighty put out about the scenes of panic shown on film. Yet there are certainly enough of them left in the product I saw.

What's showed here is nothing new. But that's the difference between a free society and Nazi Germany. The story has been told a whole lot in both British and American productions. What the Nazis did in this film was to create a wholly fictional second officer named Peterson who serves as the voice of conscience in the film. The villain of course is Ismay the head of the British White Star Line who is looking for the stock in White Star to go up if the much ballyhooed Titanic makes a record crossing in its maiden voyage. Peterson as portrayed by Hans Nielsson is as Aryan as they come, while Ismay looks vaguely like those people we're eliminating as played by E.F.Fuhwanger.

John Jacob Astor is here to represent American capitalism. Such folks as Captain Harry Guggenheim and Mr.&Mrs. Isidor Straus who died in the sinking are eliminated from the story. So is the plucky Denver millionairess Molly Brown.

For a movie that's supposed to show and criticize the British class distinction, very little time is spent on the huddled masses in steerage who were the bulk of the people killed. James Cameron in the recent Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet spent more time with them than this production.

I do however wish that more films of the Nazi era would become available now to view and study. If this one is available on DVD and VHS than this must be mild as compared to others.

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