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Der Fall Gleiwitz (1961)

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Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannjo Hasse ...
Alfred Naujocks
Christoph Beyertt ...
Volksdeutscher Franz Sitte
Wolfgang Kalweit ...
Volksdeutscher Hans-Wilhelm Kraweit
Georg Leopold ...
Volksdeutscher Franz Wyczorek
Herwart Grosse ...
Gestapochef Müller
Rolf Ripperger ...
Volksdeutscher Bieratzki
Manfred Günther ...
Volksdeutscher Kühnel
Rudolf Woschiek ...
Volksdeutscher Tutzauer (as Rudolf Woschick)
Hilmar Thate ...
KZ-Häftling
Rolf Ludwig ...
SS-Arzt
Friedrich Richter ...
Jüdischer Professor
Günter Naumann ...
SS-Mann in Uniform
Paul-Dolf Neis ...
SD-Chef Gleiwitz
Heinz Schröder ...
SD-Chef Oppeln
Margarete Taudte ...
Schloßbesitzerin
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Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.

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22 April 1961 (East Germany)  »

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Amazing film -- ahead of its time!
15 August 2006 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I had no idea this film dated from 1961 as I watched it, mesmerized, last night. It is so well produced, written and acted that I thought it must have been one of the recent German films about WWII, like Der Untergang and Stalingrad and Das Boot. I believed the black and white film -- virtually perfect in the DVD transfer I saw -- was there only for the verisimilitude it offered.

The acting is convincing. The music is disturbing -- modern, yet "classical" to the point of being ageless.

One very minor quibble: In the version I saw, a line about the arms the soldiers will carry on their mission is badly translated/subtitled. It comes out something like "8mm pistols and .98 calibre rifles." The ".98 calibre rifles" should have been the Gewehr 98K ("K" for Karbiner, or carbine). Like I said -- minor!

One caveat: as it was produced for the East German market -- in the year before the Berlin wall went up -- there may be Soviet influences on the film that I didn't pick up on -- believing as I did that this was a post-Cold War film. If the same film were to be made today, in a reunified Germany, there might be thematic differences, but I think they'd be rather minor.

Highly recommended as both a history lesson and as a film.


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