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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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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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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

17 November 1931 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tragédia da Mina 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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25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Kameradschaft (1931)

*** (out of 4)

German propaganda film which is based on a true incident that happened in 1906 but the film updates the setting to current day 1931. Tensions are running high between French and German miners until the French suffer an explosion and several miners are trapped underground. The German's send in two rescue teams to try and save the French. This is a highly impressive film but like a lot of German films in this period, there's more style than substance, which in the end keeps it from being a great film. The visual style of the film is terrific and it makes the film come off very realistic. The director does a great job inside the mine and the claustrophobic sense we get is very strong. There are countless great shots in the film but I feel they get in the way of the story, which at times drags in certain spots. After the explosion happens there's a good fifteen-minutes of downtime before the rescue team shows up and these down moments come off pretty boring. Outside of that the film is very good and it was also interesting seeing how miners worked back in the 1930s.


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