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Opfergang ()


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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.

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Albrecht Froben
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Äls Flodéen
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Octavia Froben
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Matthias
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
Sanitätsrat Terboven
Otto Treßler ...
Senator Froben
Annemarie Steinsieck ...
Frau Froben
Edgar Pauly ...
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Charlotte Schultz ...
Nurse
Ludwig Schmitz ...
Büttenredner
Frida Richard ...
Frau Steinkamp
Paul Bildt ...
Notar
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(as Franz Schroeder-Schrumm)

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Veit Harlan

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Rudolf G. Binding ... (novel) (as R.G. Binding)
 
Alfred Braun ... ()
 
Veit Harlan ... ()
 
Hans Radtke ... ()

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Veit Harlan ... producer

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Hans-Otto Borgmann

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Bruno Mondi

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Friedrich Karl von Puttkamer

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Andreas Lautil ... colorist
Christa Loose ... assistant editor

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Karl Machus
Erich Zander

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Conny Carstennsen ... unit manager
Erich Holder ... production manager
Ernst Liepelt ... unit manager

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Heinz Martin ... sound
Thomas Orthofer ... sound restorer

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Gerhard Huttula ... special photographic effects

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Fritz Kühne ... lighting supervisor

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Albrecht is a son in a family of wealthy intellectuals that has a seaside estate near Hamburg. In early adulthood, when he returns from his around the world trip, he is expected to settle down and marry the beautiful Octavia. One day while rowing alone, Albrecht meets the similarly ravishing Äls, a Finnish woman who migrates to Germany annually for her medical treatment, as she is probably terminally ill. It turns out they live near each other, and subsequently both go horse riding together often. Albrecht becomes very friendly with Äls, and Äls begins to love Albrecht. Albrecht marries Octavia and the married couple move from Hamburg to Düsseldorf. The Düsseldorf lifestyle or society does not agree with Octavia and so they move back to another estate near Hamburg, and very near Octavia. Over time Äls' health slowly deteriorates and Albrecht visits her estate's front gate each day on horseback, where Äls can see Albrecht through the window from her sickbed. An outbreak of Typhoid occurs in a poor quarter of Hamburg (Dovenfleet) and Äls is too sick to collect her 5 year old foster daughter who is living in Dovenfleet and in danger of the contagion. Albrecht ventures into the infected area to bring out the daughter, and in the process catches typhoid himself, but the daughter is safe. Albrecht is confined to a quarantine ward in a hospital, where he is treated by the same medical specialist handling Äls. Both Albrecht and Äls are now in danger of dying from their respective illnesses. Octavia realises how Äls feels about her husband Albrecht (i.e. Äls is the other woman). She starts dressing as her sick bed-ridden husband and riding her husband's horse to Äls' front gate each day, rain or shine, so that Äls may think she is seeing Albrecht, and lift Äls' spirits in the hope that Äls pulls through. Written by Donald Bruce Telfer

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Also Known As
  • The Great Sacrifice (United Kingdom)
  • Offrande au bien-aimé (France)
  • Amar é Perdoar (Portugal)
  • O dromos pros tin thysian (Greece)
  • Trekkfuglen (Norway)
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Trivia The controversial Slovenian cultural theorist, philosopher and film buff Slavoj Zizek claims that Opfergang is one of the three best films ever made, the other two being The Fountainhead (USA 1949) and Ivan The Terrible (USSR 1944). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Münchhausen - Ein Mythos in Agfacolor (2005). See more »

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