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The Axe of Wandsbek (1951)

Das Beil von Wandsbek (original title)
After a crime is committed during the Nazi era in the Reeperbahn area of Hamburg,the aspiring local leader,a ship owner,needs to find an executioner to kill the perpetrators(the crime is ... See full summary »

Director:

Falk Harnack
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Erwin Geschonneck ... Albert Teetjen
Käthe Braun Käthe Braun ... Stine Teetjen
Gefion Helmke Gefion Helmke ... Dr. Käthe Neumeier
Willy A. Kleinau Willy A. Kleinau ... SS-Standartenführer Hans Peter Footh
Ursula Meissner Ursula Meissner ... Annette Koldewy
Arthur Schröder ... Dr. Koldewey (as Arthur Schroeder)
Claus Holm ... SA-Sturmführer Trowe
Fritz Wisten Fritz Wisten ... Siegfried Mengers
Maly Delschaft ... Frau Lehmke
Helmuth Hinzelmann Helmuth Hinzelmann ... Oberst Lintze
Blandine Ebinger Blandine Ebinger ... Frau Lintze
Gisela May Gisela May ... Arbeiterfrau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thea Achenwall Thea Achenwall
Erika Dannhoff Erika Dannhoff
Elfie Dugall Elfie Dugall ... Dienstmädchen
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After a crime is committed during the Nazi era in the Reeperbahn area of Hamburg,the aspiring local leader,a ship owner,needs to find an executioner to kill the perpetrators(the crime is blamed on the Communists) and turns to a butcher,who has fallen on hard times and can use the cash. Written by Lawrence Chadbourne

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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 May 1951 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Axe of Wandsbek See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A truthful portrayal of abhorrent nazi times.
27 March 2003 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Das Beil von Wandsbek is a truthful portrayal of abhorrent nazi times. Falk Harnack's primary goal was to reveal the fact that scores of abominable murders were committed by ordinary people like Teetjen acting on other people's orders.His film shows how owing to penury an ordinary citizen is forced to slaughter fellow human beings.Teetjen makes the biggest mistake of his life when he joins the Nazi party.His plight is further exacerbated when he is made a scapegoat by his ex comrade Footh.Nazi thugs hoodwink him till the very end by promising him financial support.It is a bitter truth that all sincere works of art are never free of controversies.Das Beil von Wandsbek was no exception to this rule.After its premiere it was withdrawn from German cinemas as the cultural authorities misinterpreted its artistic merit.They believed that it neglected the role of working classes and roused sympathy for the butcher.It was re-released in 1962 under a new revised version devoid of pivotal suicide scene.It was only in 1981 that the original print was made available for general public viewing.


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