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 ...
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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
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Kurt Meisel, who was playing the pacifistic character of Claus Werner, was 33 or 34 when the movie was shot. In an interview in 1992 he said that he was happy to be in this movie, because it meant he wouldn't be drafted into the army and sent to the front and because it would allow him to play a character into which he could inject his real hatred for the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. However, much of his performance was later cut by Nazi propaganda minister--and the film's unofficial executive producer--Joseph Goebbels. See more »
The canons that were brought to Kolberg from Sweden arrived at the 28. April 1807 during the leadership of Gneisenau, not in 1806 under Lucadou, as portrayed in the movie. See more »
Dear God, you shall not be angry about me, we lived so well so far but please help us now, please help us. Oh, I'm not afraid about myself but don't let Schill die. Only hold your hands upon Schill, father in heaven. Only upon Schill.
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Kolberg is one of those more timeless tales, of a small town besieged by a vast, greedy enemy. It is a story of the small people holding to their honour and duty, and ultimately triumphing over the mighty. The movie is set in the Napoleonic Wars, but the message is for the people of Germany just as they are being invaded by the Red Army and the American and British armies.
Goebbels film studios managed to film and distribute this movie just as the final battles of World War II were being fought. Its message of defiant defense in the face of hopeless odds was meant to rally the severely demoralised Germans as their homes were being threatened by the enemy. The songs and vivid colours were meant to entertain and raise morale as life became darker and darker.
Technically, its a masterpiece, and makes use of all kinds of modern shots, angles, and special effects. Its colours were terrible, though, but I trust it was the copy I saw. Of course, it might have been a result of the war constraints.
Seen in this context, this film is even more interesting than the entertaining story it presents.
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