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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 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 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:

DEM 8,800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the concept for the film came from the 1865 play ''Kolberg'' by the German writer Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910. No mention of this was made, because Heyse was Jewish. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene set in 1813 Gneisenau mentions the compulsory military service that existed at the time. Even through the first mention of the military service in Prussia was in 1813--provided by the Reforms of Prussia--the actual start of it by law was in 1814. See more »

Quotes

Stadtkommandant Loucadou: Capitulation is better than Suicide.
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Referenced in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »

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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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