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The Great Sacrifice (1944)
"Opfergang" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  1954 (West Germany)
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Albrecht & Octavia & Äls, form a triangle from families of idle intellectuals, prone to Neitsche. Nature loving Äls is gravely ill. Further tragedy looms as Albrecht contracts typhoid bringing Äls' foster child out of an infected area.

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Complete credited cast:
Carl Raddatz ...
Kristina Söderbaum ...
Äls Flodéen
Irene von Meyendorff ...
Octavia Froben
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Matthias
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
Sanitätsrat Terboven
Otto Treßler ...
Senator Froben
Annemarie Steinsieck ...
Frau Froben
Edgar Pauly ...
Servant
Charlotte Schultz ...
Nurse
Ludwig Schmitz ...
Büttenredner
Frida Richard ...
Frau Steinkamp
Paul Bildt ...
Notar
F.W. Schröder-Schrom ...
(as Franz Schroeder-Schrumm)
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Albrecht is a son in a family of wealthy intellectuals that has a seaside estate near Hamburg. In early adulthood, when he returns from his around the world trip, he is expected to settle down and marry the beautiful Octavia. One day while rowing alone, Albrecht meets the similarly ravishing Äls, a Finnish woman who migrates to Germany annually for her medical treatment, as she is probably terminally ill. It turns out they live near each other, and subsequently both go horse riding together often. Albrecht becomes very friendly with Äls, and Äls begins to love Albrecht. Albrecht marries Octavia and the married couple move from Hamburg to Düsseldorf. The Düsseldorf lifestyle or society does not agree with Octavia and so they move back to another estate near Hamburg, and very near Octavia. Over time Äls' health slowly deteriorates and Albrecht visits her estate's front gate each day on horseback, where Äls can see Albrecht through the window from her sickbed. An outbreak of Typhoid ... Written by Donald Bruce Telfer

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A true piece of art
11 August 2002 | by (Den Helder, Holland) – See all my reviews

This is a film of incredible beauty, without doubt one of the most dramatic and moving pictures ever made. The wonderful Agfacolor-photography is astonishing, the main figures Äls, Albrecht and Octavia are played marvellous by Söderbaum, Raddatz and von Meyendorff. Director Veit Harlan once again surpasses himself!


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