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Wasser für Canitoga (1939)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Albers ... Oliver Montstuart aka Nicholsen
Charlotte Susa ... Lilly
Hilde Sessak Hilde Sessak ... Winifred Gardener
Peter Voß Peter Voß ... Gilbert Trafford
Josef Sieber Josef Sieber ... Ingram
Andrews Engelmann ... Ruski
Karl Dannemann ... Dyke
Hans Mierendorff ... Shatterhand
Heinrich Schroth ... Gouverneur
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ... Sheriff
Beppo Brem Beppo Brem ... Sabotage-Sprengmeister
Willy Rösner Willy Rösner ... Reeve
Carl Wery Carl Wery ... Westbrook
Heinrich Kalnberg Heinrich Kalnberg ... Reechy
Katja Bennefeld Katja Bennefeld ... Straßenmädchen


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Release Date:

20 October 1961 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Water for Canitoga See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was made whilst UFA was under Third Reich's control. See more »


Featured in Deutschlandlied (1996) See more »


Good bye Jonny, good bye Lilly
Music by Peter Kreuder
Lyrics by Hans Fritz Beckmann
Sung by Hans Albers
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14 March 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

Great story-telling combined with Hans Albers' tour de force and Selpin's immaculate directing make this film compelling viewing,

The total irony of the existence of Albers' character (a real Einzelgänger) is very cleverly stressed by the fact that his whole life he has been working on something that only at the last minute he makes use of (but too late), which makes a second, third etc. viewing the more compelling.

Selpin's directing skills and personal touch are evident throughout the picture, but there are two sequences worth special mention. First there is the about 35 minutes long Sylvester celebration that could have been a short in itself; the combination of the ongoing music and the controlled pace of the image lets the atmosphere of the town and the tension brilliantly come across. Second sequence (already hinted at above) must also be the highlight of the film: the very moving final scene.

There is one minor dissonant: Selpin probably did not feel at ease with the "love's interest" within the story and this aspect is not very well done.

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