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Hatifa (1960)

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Credited cast:
Gisela Büttner ...
Hatifa
Harry Hindemith ...
Simsal
Axel Kausmann ...
Hodja
Jochen Thomas ...
Ganem
Gerhard Lau ...
Stelzbein
Fred Düren ...
Zadok
Herbert Grünbaum ...
Anaximandros
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Brahn
Otto Erich Edenharter
Hans-Joachim Hegewald
Julius Klee
Johannes Knittel
Else Korén
Fred Ludwig
Johannes Maus
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15 June 1961 (Hungary)  »

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A kettétört amulett  »

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Impressive old film
7 May 2010 | by (Konstanz, Germany) – See all my reviews

This ambitious yarn is set in and around the city of Ninive (in today's Iraq), and at a time when writing was done in cuneiform on clay tablets, and the dominant god was called Anu - so, roughly 500 BC.

Hatifa is a slave girl, initially working in a quarry, from where she escapes to wander bare-footed in the desert. Collapsed from hunger and thirst, she (and the cute kitten Rana that travels with her from then on) is found by a caravan, where scholar and dream-teller Simsal takes care of her on the way to Ninive.

After a brief period of good living, she gets caught and transported back to the quarry for a reward. There she is spotted and bought by Greek slave trader Anaximandros and brought aboard a galley sailing for Ephesos. However, the ship is taken by pirates .. and ultimately, Hatifa finds out her real father, and real name.

For a children's adventure movie (cleared from age 6), this is a thrilling story with quite some production value - I liked the ships best. We are also informed about the legislation and economics of slavery (branding, death penalty for helping them escape, reward of 1 shekel silver for retrieving, selling price 3 shekels or better).. all in all, quite an impressive film. Thanks again to SuperIllu magazine which redistributed it with yesterday's edition :^)


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