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Comradeship (1931)

Kameradschaft (original title)
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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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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Technically superb
29 November 2013 | by otradisneylandiaSee all my reviews

The special effects are top notch, very superior to the Hollywood standards of its time (just compare this film to "San Francisco", made five years later). Most reviewers write about how realistic this film is, but the mine interior was entirely recreated in studio. And it looks like a real claustrophobic coal mine. Amazing! Technically it is superb. About the story and the message a lot has been said, so no need to repeat how good and necessary this film was. I saw it with the epilogue sequence included. Sad end, but it is realistic in this point too. Good intentions meet the old dark forces. Just read Oscar Wilde's "The young king". Its end is even more pessimistic. At least, Pabst opens a door to fight and hope. The closed frontier is only an advice: beware! the fight won't be easy.


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Janus print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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