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Titanic (1943)

Third Reich's Nazi propaganda epic about a heroic fictional German officer on board of the RMS Titanic. On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable ship hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and starts to go down.

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Herbert Selpin, Werner Klingler (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sybille Schmitz ... Sigrid Olinsky
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... 1st Officer Petersen
Kirsten Heiberg ... Gloria
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ... Sir Bruce Ismay (as E.F. Fürbringer)
Karl Schönböck ... John Jacob Astor
Charlotte Thiele ... Lady Astor
Otto Wernicke ... Captain Edward J. Smith
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Hunderson
Sepp Rist Sepp Rist ... Jan
Claude Farell ... Manniküre Hedi (as Monika Burg)
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Storyline

Building the Titanic has been a huge financial effort, and White Star Line president Ismay wants her maiden voyage to hit the headlines. He urges Captain Smith to make the fastest possible crossing to New York. When iceberg warnings come in, the captain must ask himself if he is willing to risk the safety of his ship just to please Ismay. Written by Wilhelm Noeker <wnoeker@t-online.de>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 February 1950 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Titanic See more »

Filming Locations:

Gdynia, Pomorskie, Poland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tobis Filmkunst See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The model sequences were shot at night on location at a lake outside Berlin. Bad weather and malfunctioning electronics on the model held up shooting, and because the cameras had to shoot at a rate of 100 frames per second (rather than the standard 24), the production kept running out of film stock. See more »

Goofs

The telegrams do not show the actual White Star Line logo. See more »

Quotes

1st Officer Petersen: Who runs this ship? President Ismay or the captain?
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Connections

Version of Atlantic (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning Polka)
(uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss
played in the ballroom
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Curious and Confusing
22 March 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

The "Titanic" disaster movie sails again; and, this time, it's a German World War II propaganda film. The responsibility for the sinking is explicitly revealed at the end; and, if you pay attention, it should come as no surprise. There are some nicely staged scenes in the film. Hans Nielsen (as Petersen) is the heroic German, who tries to warn the decadent British about the iceberg. Sybille Schmitz (as Sigrid) offers a striking, sympathetic characterization; she and Mr. Nielsen are the doomed "lovers"… well, potential lovers, anyway.

It is confusing to have strong German performers portraying wartime "enemy" (mostly British) people unsympathetically (most of the time). And, It is curious that the Germans produced their version of "Titanic" during World War II. The story of a British ship in peril isn't exactly what you'd expect Nazi Germany to consider strong story material. What were they expecting… audiences to cheer the sinking? Perhaps the film's thesis doesn't work because some of those involved had the humanity to realize their government was wrong.

***** Titanic (11/10/43) Herbert Selpin, Werner Klingler ~ Hans Nielsen, Sybille Schmitz, Otto Wernicke, Ernst Fritz Furbringer


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