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Kameradschaft (1931)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 November 1931 (Germany)
Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Granach ... Kasper
Fritz Kampers ... Wilderer
Ernst Busch ... Wittkopp
Elisabeth Wendt ... Frau Anna Wittkopp
Gustav Püttjer Gustav Püttjer ... Kaplan
Oskar Höcker Oskar Höcker ... Obersteiger
Daniel Mendaille ... Jean Leclerc
Georges Charlia ... Emile
Andrée Ducret Andrée Ducret ... Françoise
Alex Bernard ... Grand-père, le vieux mineur
Pierre-Louis Pierre-Louis ... Georges - le petit galibot
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Rose, la femme du mineur blessé
Marcel Lesieur Marcel Lesieur ... Albert
Willem Holsboer Willem Holsboer ... Ingenieur des deutschen Bergwerks (as Willem Holzboer)
Georges Tourreil Georges Tourreil ... L'ingénieur
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Storyline

An old German mine was split in two after the end of WWI because of where the new border was located. In the French part a fire breaks out; the German miners send a rescue group in, helping their French comrades. Three old German miners, who were not treated friendly at a French inn the night before, start their own private rescue through an old tunnel that separated the two mines. Will the official rescue party realize there are others left behind in time to save them? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>; A.Nonymous

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Certificate:

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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

17 November 1931 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tragédia da Mina See more »

Filming Locations:

Bethune, France See more »

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Runtime:

| (Janus print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The movie was filmed in the narrow transitional sound ratio of 1.20-1, but, at least in the case of the Janus video release telecast on Turner Classic Movies, has been converted to the standard 1.37-1 ratio with the result that the players' heads are cut off either partially or completely in many of the key scenes. In the final sequence, the heads of the speakers are completely cut off. See more »

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A friend in need is a friend in deed
27 May 2005 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

Based on an actual mining disaster, this early German talkie (with English subtitles) still remains one of the most effective docu-dramas ever filmed. Featuring many non-professional actors, "Kameradschaft" gives a chilling view of the friendship that binds the mine workers, regardless of which side of the French/German border they may be from. A deadly accident brings out the very best in everyone, nullifying any superiors' orders. A fellow miner in need will receive the help of his comrades, even at threat of great loss, including life.

This film reminds of the self-sacrificing heroism shown by the NYFD following the 9/11 attacks. Putting aside any formal rules and regulations, these men and women in uniform knew only one cause: to save lives, and to find their fellow-fire fighters. -- More than 70 years later, "Kameradschaft" still has the strong and timeless message: A friend in need is a friend in deed.


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