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During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the ... See full summary »

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Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Liebeneiner (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinrich George ... Bürgermeister Joachim Nettelbeck
Kristina Söderbaum ... Maria Werner
Horst Caspar ... Gen. Gneisenau
Gustav Diessl ... Lt. Schill
Paul Wegener ... Stadtkommandant Loucadou
Otto Wernicke ... Bauer Werner
Charles Schauten Charles Schauten ... Napoleon
Claus Clausen Claus Clausen ... Frédéric-Guillaume III
Irene von Meyendorff ... Königin
Heinz Lausch Heinz Lausch ... Friedrich Werner
Kurt Meisel ... Claus Werner
Paul Bildt Paul Bildt ... Rektor
Jakob Tiedtke ... Reeder
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ... Zaufke (as H.H. Schaufuss)
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Fanselow (as F. Schafheitlin)
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During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the resistance against the French army, which immediately submits the city to massive bombardments. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

5 October 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning Hearts See more »

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Budget:

DEM8,800,000 (estimated)
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Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The budget was eight (8) million German marks, equivalent to over $500,000,000--this while World War II raged on. See more »

Goofs

During the summer party in Kolberg Nettelbeck said that Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia died. However, Louis died in October of 1806, not during the summer. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Gneisenau: That time in Kolberg I witnessed the hour of birth of the German freedom. When Princes and Kings left their folk.
Frédéric-Guillaume III: Gneisenau, you don't has a good opinion of princes and Kings, right? You don't have a good opinion about me too? Honestly, Gneisenau?
Gen. Gneisenau: Wrong, your majesty. Otherwise I wouldn't stand in front your majesty. But a king has to lead his folk. This is his natural and godgiven task. And if he can't do it, he has to resign.
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Edited into January 30, 1945 (1965) See more »

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Maikäfer flieg
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18 September 2006 | by chaworth-1See all my reviews

Kolberg's legendary status owes not a little to its unobtainability and complete absence from television. I have the distinct impression that the best of Veit Harlan's direction ended up on the cutting room floor as a panicking Dr Goebbels insisted on drastic revision before this thundering epic could be shown -should I say, inflicted on- the German public in the last days of WWII. There are some magnificent scenes of battles and the episode in the Kolberg town council chamber is brilliantly scripted and acted, but the something is very wrong about the way the final print was put together. Lead character Maria is a virtual stranger; the details of her trials and tribulations along with her affair with Schill have to be guessed at, as does much else. The sets throughout are splendid - but it's all a stage with nothing happening. Continuity is appalling. I understand that we are watching 1hr 45mins out of over 90 hours of footage taken and that all the negatives are lost. We will never know what we are missing.


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