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Director:
Writers:
Helmut Käutner (screenplay) &
Norbert Kunze (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 February 1954 (Yugoslavia) See more »
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Plot:
A German nurse gets sent to the front because she gives medical aid to a wounded Serbian partisan during World War II. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Earliest Best Actor Oscar Winner Has Died
 (From Alt Film Guide. 1 February 2014, 6:52 PM, PST)

Academy Award Winner Maximilian Schell Dies at 83
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 1 February 2014, 11:59 AM, PST)

Austrian-born Actor Maximilian Schell Dies at 83
 (From Variety - Film News. 1 February 2014, 7:52 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maria Schell ... Dr. Helga Reinbeck

Bernhard Wicki ... Boro
Barbara Rütting ... Militza

Carl Möhner ... Martin Berger
Pavle Mincic ... Momcillo
Horst Hächler ... Leutnant Scherer
Robert Meyn ... Stabsartz Dr. Rottsieper
Zvonko Zungul ... Partisan Sava
Tilla Durieux ... Mara
Fritz Eckhardt ... Tilleke
Janez Vrhovec ... Partisan Vlaho
Walter Regelsberger ... Nachrichtensoldat
Steffie Schwarz ... Oberschwester
Bata Stojanovic ... Partisan
Stevan Petrovic ... Partisan Ratko (as Stevo Petrovic)
Milan Nesic ... Partisan
Franz Eichberger ... Gebirgsjäger
Heinrich von Einsiedel ... Gebirgsjäger (as Heinrich Einsiedel)
Pero Kostic ... Partisan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Helmut Käutner ... Verwundeter Soldat und Erzähler (uncredited)

Directed by
Helmut Käutner 
 
Writing credits
Helmut Käutner  screenplay &
Norbert Kunze  screenplay and
Helmuth Ashley  additional material (as Ashley) &
Tanasije Mladenovic  additional material (as Mladenovic) &
Rados Novakovic  additional material (as Novakovic) &
Stole Jankovic  additional material (as Jankovic) &
Gustav Gavrin  additional material (as Gavrin)

Produced by
Carl Szokoll .... producer
 
Original Music by
Karl de Groof 
 
Cinematography by
Elio Carniel 
 
Film Editing by
Hermine Diethelm  (as Herma Diethelm)
Paula Dvorak  (as Paula Dworak)
 
Production Design by
Kosta Krivokapic  (as Krivokapic)
Otto Pischinger 
Wolf Witzemann  (as Witzemann)
 
Production Management
Carl Szokoll .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erica Balqué .... assistant director (as Erica Balque)
Gustav Gavrin .... co-director: Yugoslavia
Horst Hächler .... assistant director
Dejan Kosanovic .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Oskar Nekut .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julius Jonak .... camera operator
Hermann Meroth .... still photographer
 
Location Management
Fred Kollhanek .... location manager
 
Other crew
Gino Wimmer .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Die letzte Brücke" - Yugoslavia (original title)
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Runtime:
102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Last Bridge, 28 June 2008
Author: andrabem from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I was in the Goethe-Institut when I accidentally stumbled across this film. I went to IMDb and found good references about the film and its director and as an added attraction it featured Maria Schell in the main role. And the story seemed interesting.

A German nurse, Helga (Maria Schell) is kidnapped by Yugoslavian partisans. Their doctor has died and they need another one. Helga has medical training, so she's forced to go with them. At first she goes with them unwillingly. She doesn't like them and they don't like her. As the time goes by, she begins to see them as they really are, not anymore as bandits, but as human beings that need her help. And while they are going through mountains and crossing rivers, a new understanding of the people and the land dawn on her. Sometimes they are attacked by German forces. And Helga begins to suspect that maybe things are not so simple as she once thought. She's doesn't know anymore where she belongs.

This subject could have easily led to a maudlin or preachy film, but "Die Letzte Brücke" avoids these traps. "Die Letzte Brücke" manages to convey emotion through a skillful use of images and words - close-ups on Maria Schell's face, on other faces, the mountains, the rivers, the bridges. When partisan commandant Boro (Bernhard Wicki) and Helga are passing by a cemetery, he says to Helga: "Here are buried the German soldiers", and then, with a wide gesture, showing the landscape, mountains and all, he says: "and there are buried our people, my people, our land". As you see, images and words work together, the emotion conveyed by them is deep, but the film is not at all melodramatic.

"Die Letzte Brücke" is a refreshing change from the Hollywood diet that we are forced to swallow. The world war 2 movies made in Hollywood are usually simplistic and shallow. This film will raise many questions for those are still able to think. And Maria Schell's acting is simply superb. Highly recommended!

P.S. - Some Germans of the older generation thought that Italy's armistice with the Allies was a betrayal. An Italian character that appears in the beginning of the film is shown in an unsympathetic light. A little later on, when the Italians are celebrating the armistice, a German officer comments bitterly on the "opportunism" of the Italians. Was this character expressing Helmut Käutner's opinion? I don't know. Anyway, as most people, on seeing the film, won't probably even notice the things I'm talking about, this is not so important. More food for thought!

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