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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 ... See full summary »

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"30. Januar 1945" was shown in German cinemas in 1965. It features the color propaganda movie Kolberg (1945) (the last movie effort from the Third Reich) and a documentary depicting the ... See full summary »

Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Horst Caspar, Claus Clausen, Gustav Diessl
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Gen. Gneisenau
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Lt. Schill
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Stadtkommandant Loucadou
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Charles Schauten ...
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Irene von Meyendorff ...
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Heinz Lausch ...
Friedrich Werner
Kurt Meisel ...
Claus Werner
Paul Bildt ...
Rektor
Jakob Tiedtke ...
Reeder
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ...
Zaufke (as H.H. Schaufuss)
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Fanselow (as F. Schafheitlin)
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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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Under orders from Reichs-Propagandaminister Joseph Goebbels, Wolfgang Liebeneiner had to cut several very expensive battle scenes, without director Veit Harlan's consent. See more »

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In the movie Kolberg is portrayed as a city that didn't surrender over France and France stopped the bombing after Napoleons order. However actually the bombing stopped after the declaration of piece in Tiflis, which was ordered by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. Soon after that Gneisenau ordered to stop the bombing and raised the white flags. One hour later Goison did the same and the details of the ceasefire have been discussed between Gneisenau and Loison. See more »

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Bürgermeister Nettelbeck: [after Gneisenau asks Nettelbeck to surrender] You weren't born in Kolberg, Gneisenau. You are put here to Kolberg. But we grew up here. We know every stone, every corner every house here. We don't let go. Even if we have to claw in the ground of our city with our nails, we don't let go. First they have to cut off each of our hands or kill us one after the other. Gneisenau, you can't put the whole disgrace on an old man like me. and to give our city to Napoleon. I even promised our king: rather ...
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18 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Kolberg's legendary status owes not a little to its unobtainability and complete absence from television. I have the distinct impression that the best of Veit Harlan's direction ended up on the cutting room floor as a panicking Dr Goebbels insisted on drastic revision before this thundering epic could be shown -should I say, inflicted on- the German public in the last days of WWII. There are some magnificent scenes of battles and the episode in the Kolberg town council chamber is brilliantly scripted and acted, but the something is very wrong about the way the final print was put together. Lead character Maria is a virtual stranger; the details of her trials and tribulations along with her affair with Schill have to be guessed at, as does much else. The sets throughout are splendid - but it's all a stage with nothing happening. Continuity is appalling. I understand that we are watching 1hr 45mins out of over 90 hours of footage taken and that all the negatives are lost. We will never know what we are missing.


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