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Jean Bernard (memoir "Pfarrerblock 25487") and
Eberhard Görner (screenplay)
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11 November 2004 (Germany) See more »
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A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Please go watch it - this is no Catholic propaganda movie See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ulrich Matthes ... Abbé Henri Kremer

August Diehl ... Untersturmführer Gebhardt

Hilmar Thate ... Bischof Philippe

Bibiana Beglau ... Marie Kremer
Germain Wagner ... Roger Kremer
Jean-Paul Raths ... Raymond Schmitt
Ivan Jirík ... Armando Bausch
Karel Hromadka ... Pater Laurant Koltz
Miroslav Sichmann ... Pater Marcel Bour
Adolf Filip ... Professor Klimek (Kraków)
Vladimir Fiser ... Bischof Kozal
Peter Varga ... Józef (Polish Inmate) (as Petr Varga)

Petr Janis ... Pater Nansen
Zdenek Pechácek ... Lagerführer
Václav Krátký ... SS-Mann
Marcel Svidrman ... Gestapomann (with Gebhardt)

Karel Dobrý ... Raportführer Bertram
Götz Burger ... Generalvikar Gerard Mersch
Michael König ... Gauleiter Simon
Vladimír Gut ... Kapo in Kleiderablage

Directed by
Volker Schlöndorff 
Writing credits
Jean Bernard (memoir "Pfarrerblock 25487")

Eberhard Görner  screenplay
Andreas Pflüger  screenplay

Produced by
Jürgen Haase .... producer
Jakob Hausmann .... producer
Wolfgang Plehn .... executive producer
Milos Remen .... executive producer
Jean-Claude Schlim .... line producer: Luxembourg
Jean Vanolst .... executive producer
Benigna von Keyserlingk .... producer
Cinematography by
Tomas Erhart (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter R. Adam 
Casting by
Ulrike Haase 
Production Design by
Ari Hantke 
Costume Design by
Jarmila Konecná 
Makeup Department
Katka Horska .... assistant makeup artist
Juraj Steiner .... makeup artist
Tatiana Steinerova .... makeup artist
Production Management
Franziska An der Gassen .... unit manager (as Franziska-Marie Reinhardt)
Dirk Ehmen .... production manager
Ivan Filus .... production manager
Philip James Morgan .... unit manager
Cornelia Schacht .... assistant production chief
Jean-Claude Schlim .... production manager
Jan Seidl .... unit manager
Stephane Wasila .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michaela Strnadova .... first assistant director
Irene Weigel .... assistant director
Art Department
Klaus Bienen .... construction coordinator
François Dickes .... assistant art director
Olivier Printz .... picture car coordinator: Luxembourg
Sound Department
Hubert Bartholomae .... sound mixer
Pit Kuhlmann .... sound designer
Andreas Musolff .... sound editor
Philipp Sellier .... foley editor
Gunnar Voigt .... sound
Rudolf Vrba .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Karsten Danch .... assistant camera
Christian Pannrucker .... lighting
Anngret Plehn .... still photographer
Location Management
Franziska An der Gassen .... location manager (as Franziska-Marie Reinhardt)
Claude Ludovicy .... location consultant
Stephane Wasila .... location manager
Music Department
Lev Markiz .... conductor
Malmö Symfoniorkester .... music performed by
Other crew
Patrick Hoffmann .... production coordinator: Luxembourg
Jarka Rezniková .... production secretary
Ruben Aram Ter-Akopow .... production assistant
Dana Thiel .... script supervisor (as Dana Joas)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der neunte Tag" - Germany (original title)
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98 min | Argentina:98 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Color (Fujicolor)
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Anachronisms: In the opening scene where the priests in the concentration camp celebrate Mass secretly, the celebrating priest gives the others Communion saying "Corpus Christi", with the communicant answering "Amen". But this is how Communion is done in the new Roman Rite (Novus Ordo), introduced in 1969/70. In the old Roman Rite (Tridentine Rite), that was used generally at the time the story takes place, the priest makes the sign of the Cross with the host over the paten and then says: "Corpus Domini Nostri Iesu Christi custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam. Amen." ("The Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ may lead your soul to eternal life.") Then he administers Communion. The communicant remains silent.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Yes Man (2008)See more »
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Please go watch it - this is no Catholic propaganda movie, 16 July 2005
Author: Nirankush Mukherjee from Stoneham, MA

This movie has been unduly panned by IMDb critics as being Catholic propaganda, when there is hardly any. It's actually an exploration of questions on faith and morality, viewed from the perspective of Rev. Henri Kremer, a priest who has been "on leave" from Dachau to convince the Bishop of Luxemburg to support Nazism, who has been a silent opponent all throughout. At one point the film even mentions that the Pope however congratulated Hitler on his birthday - that clearly indicates the acquiescence of the Catholic world - to me that's quite the opposite of propaganda.

**** SOME SPOILERS AHEAD **** The movie chronicles each of the 9 days that Rev. Kremer is allowed, and his conversations with Gestapo officer Gebhardt. When Kremer fails to convince the Bishop, he is persuaded to write a memo himself, given his own respectability due to his family status. In return he can have all the priests in Dachau released. Kremer at one point thinks he is being like Judas betraying the Christian cause (also to be noted that his personal cash upon release amounted to 30 marks), which Gebhardt, a former theology student himself, argues is a necessary evil, because without Judas there would be no martyrdom of Christ, and hence no Christianity. Rev. Kremer also learns that by giving Nazi policies the official blessing of Catholicism, he can be responsible for the deportation of thousands - although some 40 priests could be let go from Dachau. The resulting dilemma of Kremer dominates the movie.

Ulrich Matthes is very convincing in the role of Kremer with his sunken cheeks and eyes, and watch the young actor August Diehl in the role of Untersturmfuehrer Gebhardt.

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