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Der vulkan (1999)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Hoss ... Marion von Kammer
Christian Nickel Christian Nickel ... Martin Korella
Meret Becker ... Tilly von Kammer
Sylvester Groth ... Hans Hollmann
Stefan Kurt ... Walter Konradi
Katharina Thalbach ... Mutter Schwalbe
Udo Samel ... Professor Benjamin Abel
Adrien de Van Adrien de Van ... Marcel
Boris Terral Boris Terral ... Kikjou
Rainer Strecker Rainer Strecker ... Theo Hummel
David Steffen David Steffen ... David
Elfriede Irrall Elfriede Irrall ... Viola
Franziska Petri ... Nathalie
Edith Adam Edith Adam ... Roswitha
Anne-Marie Blanc ... Dr. Schroeder


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Release Date:

21 October 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A rather wordy debate about Hitler's Nazi regime.
8 November 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

A group of artistic people whose comfortable lives have been torn to shreds by the Nazi regime gather in Zurich to escape the dreaded Gestapo. They yearn for the old Germany before Hitler dictated a new way of life. The Jewish families are particularly at risk.

There is nothing new in this film. We have seen it all before. The biographical film of German author Thomas Mann and his family is almost identical in the events recorded. A group of people always on the move around Europe. Drugs and suicide as a means of escape play a role in both films.

"Der Vulkan" has little visual action. A clear picture of the new Germany is conjured up in the many conversations. As the champagne corks fly. tongues are loosened and a lively debate about the future for Germany gathers pace. From time to time police appear suddenly to check passports and someone is carried off. Life is not easy...it's like living on a volcano and the future looks bleak. There may be no tomorrow, so fill the glasses once more!

Among the artists is a singer from the von Kammer family. At least with her rousing songs she brings some relief to the interminable conversations and arguments. But her songs are filled with sorrow and disgust, hatred and cynicism for what Germany has become. She remembers the theatre in Berlin where she once sang in happier times. It is no more. It was burnt down. The frustration of the characters is well portrayed as they wonder about the existence of friends and family they left behind in Berlin.

This is not an explosive film, not really great. If we need to be reminded at all, it tells us once again how the lives of so many people were changed forever...people who lost their homeland, who were forced into exile and who became refugees. These are the people this film remembers.

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