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Hell on Earth (1931)

Niemandsland (original title)
During World War I, five soldiers from different nations end up together in some ruins in no man's land and decide to stick together.

Directors:

Victor Trivas, George Shdanoff (uncredited)

Writers:

Leonhard Frank (dialogue), Leonhard Frank (story and adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ernst Busch ... Ernst Kohler
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Lewin (as Waldemar Sokoloff)
Renée Stobrawa Renée Stobrawa ... Frau Kohler
Elisabeth Lennartz ... Lewin's Bride
Hugh Douglas ... Charles Brown (as Hugh Stephens Douglas)
Louis Douglas Louis Douglas ... Joe Smile
Zoe Frank Zoe Frank ... Mrs. Brown
Georges Péclet Georges Péclet ... Charles Durand (as George Piclet)
Rose-Mai Rose-Mai ... Frenchman's Sweetheart
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During World War I, five soldiers from different nations end up together in some ruins in no man's land and decide to stick together.

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Drama | War

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Ahead of It's Time, Unfortunately
11 June 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Promptly banned by the Nazis in 1933, 'Niemandsland' was for many years a lost film, and largely a forgotten one by the time Siegfried Kracauer dismissed it fifteen years later in 'From Caligari to Hitler' as an "aesthetically interesting film" which was however "thoroughly abortive" which "with its emphasis on international fraternisation is thoroughly evasive", and that "German militarists did not have to fear the German pacifists". Seen today the Soviet-inspired first half bears a marked resemblance to sixties agit-prop like Santiago Alvarez's 'Now' (1965) and the work of Godard's Groupe Dziga-Vertov, while the second half strongly anticipates John Boorman's 'Hell in the Pacific' (1968).

Of the five principal cast members each representing a different nation the two I recognised were Ernst Busch (who eventually settled in the GDR) and Vladimir Sokoloff, who in 1937 settled in Hollywood where one of his last film roles was in 'The Magnificent Seven'.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

French | English | Yiddish | German

Release Date:

3 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Resco-Filmproduktion See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1969 restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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