1933: An ocean liner belonging to a second-rate German company is making a twenty-six day voyage from Veracruz, Mexico to Bremerhaven, Germany. Along the way it will stop in Cuba to pick up a large group of Spanish farm laborers who are being shipped home and who will be housed like cattle in steerage. There it will also pick up La Condesa, a Spanish countess. It will stop in Tenerife, where the farm workers will disembark and where La Condesa will be sent to a German-run prison for her "traitorous" activities in Cuba. This voyage will be the last of three for the ship's doctor, Willi Schumann, who has a serious heart ailment and who thought he could find some meaning to his life through this job. Willi and La Condesa fall in love, with the ship's Captain Thiele, who is Willi's closest friend on board, believing the drug-addicted La Condesa is only using him to get her fixes. Willi and La Condesa have to figure out if there is a future for them after the voyage, as Willi's life also ... Written by
EXPLORER, MISTRESS, VAGRANT, LOAFER, ARTIST, TRAMP ... THEY ARE ALL AT THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE!
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Unusually, Oskar Werner
's Oscar nod was the only performance that year to be nominated in the Best Actor category for a film also nominated for Best Picture. All of the other Best Picture nominees - Darling (1965), Doctor Zhivago (1965), The Sound of Music (1965) and A Thousand Clowns (1965) - failed to produced a Best Actor nominee. A controversial omission in this category was Jason Robards, whose tour de force performance was unquestionably the anchor of A Thousand Clowns (1965). See more
As the passengers disembark at the end, Johann pauses on the steps to watch Amparo walk by, when Tenny appears walking down the steps behind Johann. Immediately the film cuts to a shot of the gangplank above, where Tenny is seen just leaving the ship. See more
Lowenthal, you know it is a historical fact that the Jews are the basis of our misfotunes.
Of course. The Jews and the bicycle riders.
The bicycle riders? Why the bicycle riders?
Why the Jews?
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Tales from the Vienna Woods
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