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Frieda (1947)

Approved | | Drama, War | 28 July 1947 (UK)
An RAF pilot who was shot down during WWII returns home to his English village with his new bride. The trouble is that she is the German lady who helped him escape. Then her brother arrives.



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An RAF pilot who was shot down during WWII returns home to his English village with his new bride. The trouble is that she is the German lady who helped him escape. Then her brother arrives. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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28 July 1947 (UK)  »

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Fizess a múltadért!  »

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Opening credits: This film is based on fact but the characters and events portrayed are fictitious. Any similarity to any name or individual is coincidental. See more »


The film' s opening shows a Polish city [ later revealed to be Krakow ] in the midst of heavy fighting. Krakow was abandoned by the Germans and taken by the Red Army with no destruction or street fighting. See more »


Nell Dawson: With every month that passes things will become easier for you. Six months from now you'll be accepted here.
Frieda: By you?
Nell Dawson: By nine people out of ten.
Frieda: By you?
Nell Dawson: I'm the tenth.
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Opening credits prologue: POLAND-MARCH 1945 No man's land between the German and the Russian armies. See more »


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Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry
Arranged by Ray Terry
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Guilt by Association
28 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite London Live TV station in the UK showing a season of Ealing films, they have unaccountably omitted this brilliant film.Thank heavens then for YouTube.com for bringing this gem to my notice.This excellent film explores early post war attitudes of the British to Germans and Germany.We are still mulling over this moral conundrum 70 years later.I had a serious relationship in 1974 with a German girl (Gabriella) from Magstadt when I was 28 and introduced her to my late parents (my father served in the RAF) who both lived through the war.I can well understand their moral dilemma and relationship with her and Gabriella's with them.

The casting was excellent with leading man John Farrar as Robert feeling pity/affection on the German nurse Frieda (played with great conviction by Swedish actress Mai Zetterling) and going through an improvised marriage in war-torn Poland.Robert had a brother now deceased in the RAF who had married Judy (Glynis Johns) and his sister Nell(Dame Flora Robson) who hopes to go into Parliament to represent her constituency and brave hostile public opinion for those who have suffered at the hands of Germany in the war.As the film develops Robert's feeling turn from pity/affection to genuine love as Frieda relishes life on the farm where Robert's family reside, becoming a very accomplished hausefrau (but not yet married to Robert).However a trip to the local cinema shows Frieda & Robert the bitter truth about Belsen in the newsreels which then have a sobering effect on their relationship.This is further tested when Richard (Albert Lieven) & Frieda's German brother turns up and tries to convert her to the evil creed of Nazism even though she is obviously happy living in her new life in England.He presses a pendant swastika into his sister's hand as she is rehearsing a Catholic marriage ceremony having finally assented to marrying Robert.One memorable scene shows a facially disfigured British army survivor who knows Richard from his short time in a concentration camp before being transferred to a proper P.O.W.camp.This incident in a pub ignites a physical confrontation between Robert and Richard is like a mini microcosm of WW11 with Britain at first on the defensive, then fighting back before resulting in Richard's death.Frieda is then racked with guilt and tries to drown herself in the local river.Germany's positive contribution to humanity Goethe, Schiller, Beethoven, Brahms et all are examined and a sweet verse sung in German of "Heilige Nacht" (Silent Night) is sung by Mai.

I won't provide a spoiler to this thought provoking film, still relevant after 70 odd years, but do see this excellent film which is currently available on YouTube.com.

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