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Kolberg (1945)

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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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Kristina Söderbaum ...
Horst Caspar ...
Gen. Gneisenau
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Lt. Schill
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Stadtkommandant Loucadou
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Bauer Werner
Charles Schauten ...
Claus Clausen ...
Irene von Meyendorff ...
Königin
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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Burning Hearts  »

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DEM 8,000,000 (estimated)
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The budget for this production was eight (8) million German marks equivalent to over 1/2 billion U.S. dollars. This while World War II raged on. See more »

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Schill said, that he will never marry a woman because he's married to the war. However in 1808, one year after the plot situation, he was engaged to Elisabeth von Rüchel, who he married afterwards. 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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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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