The Axe of Wandsbek (1951)
"Das Beil von Wandsbek" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 124 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 2 critic

Add a Plot


0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Jean Gabin, Bourvil, Jeannette Batti
The Two of Us (1967)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country. Pepe, the husband, is a Petain supporter... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Préboist
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A cynical tragicomedy focusing on the different ways of love in the times of the sexual revolution. Nicholas Mallet, an inconspicuous and shy bank employee, one day successfully invites ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Deville
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Romy Schneider
Warlock (1959)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During World War II, French Commandos join forces with a German officer in order to survive the African desert.

Director: Denys de La Patellière
Stars: Hardy Krüger, Lino Ventura, Maurice Biraud
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.

Director: Edwin Sherin
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera
Drama | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins
Cry Freedom (1987)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist Steve Biko.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Drama | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs and young women. If he were to... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Georges Lacombe
Stars: Raimu, Aimé Clariond, René Bergeron


Complete credited cast:
Erwin Geschonneck ...
Käthe Braun ...
Gefion Helmke ...
Dr. Käthe Neumeier
Willy A. Kleinau ...
Ursula Meissner ...
Annette Koldewy
Arthur Schröder ...
Dr. Koldewey (as Arthur Schroeder)
Claus Holm ...
SA-Sturmführer Trowe
Fritz Wisten ...
Siegfried Mengers
Maly Delschaft ...
Frau Lehmke
Helmuth Hinzelmann ...
Oberst Lintze
Blandine Ebinger ...
Frau Lintze
Gisela May ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thea Achenwall
Erika Dannhoff
Elfie Dugall ...


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

11 May 1951 (East Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Axe of Wandsbek  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The tenderness of the butcher
24 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And alas, another masterpiece from the late GDR/DDR, edited in marvelous quality by the Institute for German Studies of the University of Massachussetts at Amherst! Thank you for this forgotten jewel! And look at the crew, there are actors inside that you could not seen anymore since the Silent Time and that you probably hear for the first time speaking - unless you had the chance to watch some of these movies in the former GDR/DDR.

I consider Dr. Falk Harnack's "Das Beil Von Wandsbek", together with "Obchod Na Korze/The Shop On Main Street" by Jan Kadar, and "Der Verlorene" by and with Peter Lorre as a Triptychon of the best World War II movies. Watch all the three, although the latter is still not available on international DVD (but you may order it from Germany and watch it on your computer or get one of the rare VHS editions edited by New Yorker Release some fifteen or so years ago).

Whoever has seen the scene where the newly "elected" headsman Teetjen (Erwin Geschonnek, who passed away not long ago, 100 years old, forgotten, in an assistant living home close to Leipzig) stands in his borrowed mask and mantel with his ax before the mirror and exercises, will never forget this picture even when he lies on his death-bed. This movie belongs without doubt to the greatest rediscoveries in film history. After having watched it, you will not be the same anymore. R.W. Fassbinder said that what makes a good movie is, that it continues playing in the heads of the watchers when they leave the cinema. Et Voici!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Axe of Wandsbek (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: