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Deadly Decision (1954)

Canaris (original title)
Brief biopic of Wilhelm Canaris, army intelligence (Abwehr) chief of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.

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Martin Held ...
Obergruppenfuehrer Heydrich
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Peter Mosbacher ...
Fernandez
Charles Regnier ...
Franz Essel ...
Beckmann
Alice Treff ...
Fräulein Winter
Herbert Wilk ...
Hauptmann Degenhard
Klaus Miedel ...
André, franz. Offizier (as Claus Miedel)
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Herr von Harbeck
Ilse Fürstenberg ...
Anna Lüdtke
Arno Paulsen ...
Taxifahrer (Berlin)
Nora Hagist ...
Luftwaffenhelferin
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Admiral Canaris is chief of the intelligence service of Nazi Germany. His department is quite successful and Hitler grants him all the money he wants for new developments. Still he's a thorn in the side of the Nazi chiefs, since he's not as unscrupulous as they want him and is known to criticize their ideology. Irene Heydrich is blackmailed to spy on Canaris just while he starts planning an attempt on Hitler's life. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"Canaris" Playing the Dangerous Dual Role - One, Right Hand Man to Hitler...The Other an Agent for the Allies of Europe!

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6 May 1955 (Belgium)  »

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Deadly Decision  »

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Lohengrin
Composed by Richard Wagner (uncredited)
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Lacks focus and clear structure
13 June 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Canaris" is a West German movie from 1954, so this one is already over 60 years old. It is in black-and-white and was directed by Alfred Weidenmann and written by Erich Ebermayer and Herbert Reinecker. The movie was a big winner at the German Film Awards that year and that may have had to do with the contemporary impact the film made back in the day. It is another attempt of Germany's filmmakers in the 1950s to depict and elaborate on what happened in Germany back between 1933 and 1945, a topic that has been worked on on so so many occasions. And with huge quantity, there also comes huge forgettable stuff. Sadly, this film is not among the best the country had to offer in terms of war-themed film. It is not really lead actor O.E. Hasse's fault as he does a convincing job with the lead character. I personally however felt that the film was way too long for its own good. At almost two hours, it lacked focus on many occasions and I felt there were many scenes that could have been left out because they added little to none to the overall picture. In terms of the story, many people may not have heard about Canaris, who really existed, but his story is a bit of a mix between Stauffenberg and Rommel, so you know the general direction this film is taking. It is about resistance against Hitler in the broadest sense. If this subject interests you, then you can check it out. You just should not be expecting too much.


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