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Gilberte de Courgenay (1941)

About the daughter of the couple who ran the Hôtel de la Gare de Courgenay, in the Canton of Jura. In 1915, the composer Hanns In der Gand was staying in the region and in 1917 he composed ... See full summary »


Franz Schnyder


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Credited cast:
Erwin Kohlund Erwin Kohlund ... Peter Hasler
Anne-Marie Blanc ... Gilberte Montavon
Heinrich Gretler Heinrich Gretler ... Friedrich Odermatt
Ditta Oesch Ditta Oesch ... Tilly Odermatt
Rudolf Bernhard Rudolf Bernhard ... René Max Gengenbach
Jakob Sulzer Jakob Sulzer ... Otto Helbling
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Auer Albert Auer
René Berthoud René Berthoud
Zarli Carigiet Zarli Carigiet ... Art Caviezel
Hélène Dalmet Hélène Dalmet ... Madame Montavon
Mathilde Danegger Mathilde Danegger ... Tante Ottilie
Hermann Frick Hermann Frick ... Fourier
Emil Gerber Emil Gerber ... Jakob 'Schagg' Hohl
Jakob Guggi Jakob Guggi
Max Knapp Max Knapp ... Fritz Gubler


About the daughter of the couple who ran the Hôtel de la Gare de Courgenay, in the Canton of Jura. In 1915, the composer Hanns In der Gand was staying in the region and in 1917 he composed La Petite Gilberte, immortalizing the young girl's empathy with the soldiers. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Swiss German

Release Date:

10 August 1942 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Alarm vid gränsen See more »

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Praesens-Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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De Chrieg Wo Dir Aazettlet Hei
14 September 2010 | by semiotechlab-658-95444See all my reviews

Between the beginnings of the Swiss feature length movies in the 30ies and the middle of the 50ies, the cinematographic landscape was practically ruled by three directors alone: Franz Schnyder, Leopold Lindtberg, and Hermann Haller. While the latter had been mostly classified as "artistic collaborator", "assistant director" or even only "cutter", especially Schnyder's movies were famous and infamous at the same time for the strong propagandistic style. While this is true for most of Schnyder's later works, the often heard criticism at "Gilberte De Courgenay" is not just. First, one is astonished to hear the sentence given in the title out of the mouth of Kanonier Hasler ("The war that YOU (i.e. the old generation) have started"), then, generally, what we see about the discipline of the Swiss army is anything else than great: Besides the parade towards the end, brought up to give Mr. Odermatt the chance to change his opinion about the discipline in the army, we see the soldiers almost exclusively drinking in the railway-station restaurant in Courgenay. Although they are in charge, Hasler says in one episode that in the morning, he drank a whole bottle of schnapps. The only time when the soldiers are shown out in the field, they are served tea with cognac by Tilly. So what the basic purpose of this movie nowadays is, is to serve as a collection of all those nice and funny little episodes that ancient military colleagues use to tell one another to the hundredth time, when sitting in the restaurants and glorifying the "good old times". If one is able to look away from this so-called Froentler-Mentality, one should let this film live (it is shown once a year by the Swiss National TV) and enjoy to meet again all those great actors who dominated the Swiss film scene during decades, such as Anne-Marie Blanc, Erwin Kohlund, Zarli Carigiet, Heinrich Gretler, Schaggi Streuli, Max Knapp, Rudolf Bernhard ... .

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