In 1915 Australia, German prisoners of war, as well as Aussies of German heritage, are kept in camps. This creates many animosities toward the authorities, but in this account the camp is ... See full summary »
In 1915 Australia, German prisoners of war, as well as Aussies of German heritage, are kept in camps. This creates many animosities toward the authorities, but in this account the camp is very relaxed in its discipline... enough that one of its prisoners, a violinist, is able to fall in love with one of the local Australian women. Written by
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Problematical love with a misplaced German National mid WW1.
Companion-piece almost to THE ALIEN YEARS, made the same year and released only weeks before.
Tushka Bergen is Frieda Kennon, a country girl who in 1916 at the height of WW1, falls in love with German national (now a prisoner in NSW) Franz Muller. Like Victoria Longley as Elizabeth Parsons in THE ALIEN YEARS, she could hardly expect true love to run smooth, at least not side by side with neighborhood dissent and racial disapproval caused by her choice of lover.
This little known (and little shown) production was well-made with obvious care to detail. Jochen Horst is believable as the German in a no-win situation and the piece well worth seeing. Whether or not it is available on video now is a moot point!
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