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The Stationmaster (1940)

Der Postmeister (original title)
When two russian captains of cavalry came to a German post station one of them recalls what happened long time ago. He begins to tell the story: Ten years ago a comrade of them made a ... See full summary »

Director:

Gustav Ucicky

Writers:

Alexander Pushkin (short story "Statsionnyy smotritel" from volume "Povest Belkina"), Gerhard Menzel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinrich George ... Der Postmeister
Hilde Krahl ... Dunja
Siegfried Breuer ... Rittmeister Minskij
Hans Holt ... Fähnrich Mitja
Ruth Hellberg ... Elisawetha
Margit Symo ... Mascha
Erik Frey Erik Frey ... Sergej
Alfred Neugebauer ... Gutsbesitzer
Franz Pfaudler Franz Pfaudler ... Knecht Pjotr
Leo Peukert ... Oberst
Reinhold Häussermann Reinhold Häussermann ... Schneider
Auguste Pünkösdy Auguste Pünkösdy ... Wirobowa
Oskar Wegrostek Oskar Wegrostek ... Hausknecht beim Rittmeister
Hugo Gottschlich Hugo Gottschlich ... Diener des Rittmeisters
Anton Pointner ... Der Kavalier des Rittmeisters
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When two russian captains of cavalry came to a German post station one of them recalls what happened long time ago. He begins to tell the story: Ten years ago a comrade of them made a resting at the post station and fell in love with the station master's daughter. He promised everything to her and finally convinced her to come with him to St. Petersburg. When both arrived there she had to realize that her captain never had the intention to marry her. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Country:

Austria | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 April 1940 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A postamester See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vater und Tochter
8 March 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Germany 1940: the legendary directors have departed : Fritz Lang,Robert Siodmak,Detlef Sierck (Douglas Sirk)...

A first version of this Russian story was made in France starring Harry Baur in the thirties,but the German version is generally considered best of all including a third one ,"Dunja" ("Dunja" is the name of the heroine.)

"Der Postmeister" is not unworthy of the melodramas Sierck made with Zarah Leander ("La Habanera");melodramas buff should definitely watch it.

It contains scenes you would not expect from the Nazi years ;the most amazing is an astounding dance of a topless gypsy (you read well);the scene when the father explains to her daughter that he did not behave decently with her mother who closed her bedroom ;the wedding and the feast (what kind of beast could attend such a feast?)just to fool the poor father whose only purpose in life is to see his daughter happy;the young officer telling to a distraught Dunja how much he despises those gals you've got to pay for sex;the same going crazy when he discovers he's been betrayed (just look at his eyes:impressive!);an unusually inventive editing when papa returns home ,leaving her girl to despair whereas he thinks she's the happiest girl in the world...

Dunja has many relatives in the world of cinema:from Pabst' s "Loulou" to Renoir/Zola's "Nana".


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