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Der große König (1942)

| Drama, History, War | 1956 (USA)
King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf, and things aren't going well. The Austrians are inflicting ... See full summary »

Director:

Veit Harlan

Writer:

Veit Harlan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Otto Gebühr ... King Frederick II
Kristina Söderbaum ... Luise Treskow
Gustav Fröhlich ... Sgt. Treskow
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Niehoff
Hilde Körber ... Elisabeth
Paul Wegener ... Gen. Czernitscheff
Otto Wernicke ... Oberst Rochow
Harry Hardt Harry Hardt ... Adjutant von Dessau
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ... Gen. Zieten
Claus Clausen Claus Clausen ... Prince Heinrich (older)
Klaus Detlef Sierck Klaus Detlef Sierck ... Prince Heinrich (younger) (as Claus Detlef Sierck)
Paul Henckels ... Grenadier Spiller
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Spiller's Wife
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Col. Bernburg
Kurt Meisel Kurt Meisel ... Alfons
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Storyline

King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf, and things aren't going well. The Austrians are inflicting major casualties, and his army is beginning to crumble. Defeat seems inevitable when a combination of events gives him hope that he may pull victory from the jaws of defeat after all. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great King See more »

Filming Locations:

Döberitz, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tobis Filmkunst See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie contains a scene about a plan of the Habsburgers to poison King Frederic with hot chocolate. This is a not proven event. According to a legend his servant Christian Friedrich Glasow (not a french cook as in the movie) offered the king chocolate. Also unlike in the movie this event didn't kill anyone as Glasow warned the king in the last moment. It is also unknown if he actually wanted to poison him or if he was ordered to. Glasow himself died in 1757 in Spandau due to misuse of the government seal for private reasons. See more »

Goofs

General Sachar Tschernyschow mentioned that Czar Peter III was killed. However the reason for Czar Peter III's death was not known back then. Even today it is not clear how he died in 1762. See more »

Quotes

Luise Treskow: [Luise is packing her things and takes some pictures from the wall, a picture of the young King Frederic II] I take all what is dear to me, what still remains. What you haven't burned or shot yet
King Frederick II: And this picture over there?
Luise Treskow: It can burn here. Just like he burned our windmill. That's what he made out of this country. Nice father of the country.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown below the monogram of Fredericus Rex. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Marriage of Figaro (1949) See more »

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Prophetic precursor to Downfall / Der Untergang
14 December 2017 | by Boris and Natasha PalmerSee all my reviews

Watching this film through a historical rear-view mirror reveals plenty of of prophecies. Nazis managed to predict their own end and most of the movies about it - including the famous rant from Downfall played by the star of Youtube - Bruno Ganz. The trick to understanding the movie is - reversing key scenes in the right chronological order. It is unbelievable that German propaganda and censorship allowed this reel (which makes Eisenstein's Ivan Groznyy look like an étalon of subtlety) into theaters of a war-waging Germany. The best documentary evidence of the utter stupidity of Nazi state, which failed due to the irrational stupidity of its leadership.


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