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Kristina Söderbaum ...
Horst Caspar ...
Gen. Gneisenau
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Lt. Schill
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Bauer Werner
Charles Schauten ...
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Heinz Lausch ...
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Kurt Meisel ...
Claus Werner
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Jakob Tiedtke ...
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Hans Hermann Schaufuß ...
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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 resistance against the French army, which immediately submits the city to massive bombardments. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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The film was first shown to German troops in Occupied France (La Rochelle). See more »

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August von Gneisenau was 47, when he became commandant of Kolberg, not 32, as he was portrayed in the movie. See more »

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Stadtkommandant Loucadou: Leading wars is handwork that needs to be learned.
Lt. Schill: Learned? Yes. But Handwork, Colonel? No, it's not handwork. It's a matter of the heart and the Kolbergers have a heart. They love their city and their home and their sea and their hedge. And therefore they will defend the city better than the commanders of the citadel will do.
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good story with deeper message
30 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kolberg is one of those more timeless tales, of a small town besieged by a vast, greedy enemy. It is a story of the small people holding to their honour and duty, and ultimately triumphing over the mighty. The movie is set in the Napoleonic Wars, but the message is for the people of Germany just as they are being invaded by the Red Army and the American and British armies.

Goebbels film studios managed to film and distribute this movie just as the final battles of World War II were being fought. Its message of defiant defense in the face of hopeless odds was meant to rally the severely demoralised Germans as their homes were being threatened by the enemy. The songs and vivid colours were meant to entertain and raise morale as life became darker and darker.

Technically, its a masterpiece, and makes use of all kinds of modern shots, angles, and special effects. Its colours were terrible, though, but I trust it was the copy I saw. Of course, it might have been a result of the war constraints.

Seen in this context, this film is even more interesting than the entertaining story it presents.

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