6.0/10
522
17 user 6 critic
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 »

Directors:

Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Liebeneiner (uncredited)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Opfergang (1944)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Idle intellectuals Albrecht, Octavia and Äls, are given to quoting and emulating their philosopher hero, Nietzsche. Albrecht later contracts typhus bringing the foster child gravely ill Äls out of an infected area.

Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Carl Raddatz, Kristina Söderbaum, Irene von Meyendorff
Jud Süß (1940)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Infamous anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda historical drama about Duke Karl Alexander of Württemberg and his treasurer Süß Oppenheimer.

Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Ferdinand Marian, Kristina Söderbaum, Heinrich George
Der Führer (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Joseph Goebbels explains the nature of leadership: A leader must possess character, will, ability, and luck. If these four characteristics form a harmonious unity in a brilliant person, we have a man called by history.

Director: Herbert Gerdes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Kristina Söderbaum, Carl Raddatz, Paul Klinger
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Anna Jobst is the daughter of a rich, conservative farmer. Living on the bank of the Moldau, she wishes nothing more than follow the river to Prague, the "Golden City".

Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Kristina Söderbaum, Eugen Klöpfer, Annie Rosar
Wunschkonzert (1940)
Musical | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

At the Olympic games in Berlin 1936 Inge Wagner falls in love with Luftwaffenleutnant (Airforce Lieutenant) Herbert Koch. They want to marry, but he receives orders to go to Spain - ... See full summary »

Director: Eduard von Borsody
Stars: Hedwig Bleibtreu, Joachim Brennecke, Heinz Goedecke
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Anti-semitic Nazi propaganda "biography" of the Rothschilds, a German Jewish family whose members rose to the top of the European banking community during the Napoleonic era.

Director: Erich Waschneck
Stars: Erich Ponto, Carl Kuhlmann, Albert Lippert
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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
Stars: Otto Gebühr, Kristina Söderbaum, Gustav Fröhlich
High Wall (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a brain-damaged man confesses to murder and is committed, Dr. Ann Lorrison tries to prove his innocence.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Herbert Marshall
Life Goes On (1945)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Stars: Gustav Knuth, Hilde Krahl, Lina Lossen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Nazi propaganda film based upon the life and death of Hitler Youth Heini Volker, killed while distributing flyers in a Communist neighborhood.

Director: Hans Steinhoff
Stars: Heinrich George, Berta Drews, Jürgen Ohlsen
Edit

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 ... 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)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

5 October 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning Hearts See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

DEM 8,800,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is partly based on the memoirs "Citizens of Kolberg" by Joachim Nettelbeck, which were released in the years 1820-23. The third part that was released in 1823 describes the war of Kolberg. Today many historians have proved that this autobiography contains many legends and many merits of Nettelbeck were exaggerated while Lucadou's work was described negatively. See more »

Goofs

Nettelbeck was arrested by Lucadou after he threatened to kill him with his sword for saying that they might have to "eat crow". However, in real life this happened not after a disagreement about transporting the cannons to Kolberg but after after the argument about Lucadou's command to rip off the pavement. Lucadou said the line in real life because during that moment a bomb exploded nearby. See more »

Quotes

Stadtkommandant Loucadou: Capitulation is better than Suicide.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Münchhausen: Ein mythos in Agfacolor (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Maikäfer flieg
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
While how and why this film was made are sick and twisted, the film itself was brilliant.
4 September 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the waning years of WWII, it was obvious to just about everyone that ultimately the Germans would lose the war. However, the Minister of Propaganda, Josef Goebbels insisted that a rousing German epic about war MUST be created in order to inspire their people in the defense of the nation. And so, while the country was being incinerated from the air and troops were being slaughtered by the 100s of 1000s on the Eastern Front, HUGE resources were rather inexplicably being diverted to the creation of "Kolberg". 10s of 1000s of soldiers were cast as extras and the great power of the sleeping German movie industry was mustered. And seeing that it was a full-color film with all this money being thrown into it, it's not surprising that this is a great film--though also one most would probably want to forget simply because of who made it and why it was created in the first place.

The film is set during the Napoleonic Wars--back around 1807. Town after Prussian town have surrendered to the oncoming French juggernaut. Yet, inexplicably, the town of Kolberg isn't ready to welcome the invaders. Despite a very weak commander of the Prussian army in the region, the Mayor isn't about to surrender and he's encouraging his people to fight to the death, as by slowing down the enemy, ultimate victory may result. But, he must contend with the wimpy commander and send a rather ordinary lady on a mission to have the King replace the commander and support the defense of the city. What follows are some exceptional battle scenes and the only ones which I have seen which are better are from the insanely large Russian version of "War and Peace" (a film you just have to see at least once in your life).

Overall, the film is very rousing and inspiring. It's obvious that the purpose of the film is to get the German people to be very willing to lay down their lives as well as convince them that this is not a sacrifice in vain (which is was). As a result, the film probably contributed to the unnecessary deaths of thousands of people--when there was no possible way to stop the inevitable. Plus, unlike the Prussians during the time of Napoleon, they were NOT fighting for what was right. Sad...but amazingly effective...provided the local movie houses had not been blown up so the folks could see it in the first place! By the way, the scene where the peasant girl meets the queen was exceptionally well done--even brilliant. See this and you'll understand what I mean.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed