During the mid 1920s, a network of spies collaborated with international business interests in order to rearm Germany, gearing her up for another World War. The Weimar Republic hid this ...
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During the mid 1920s, a network of spies collaborated with international business interests in order to rearm Germany, gearing her up for another World War. The Weimar Republic hid this secret weapons program under dummy companies all over Europe, including a renowned Film Production Studio. Three characters took the lead in this epic adventure full of glamour and the frantic energy of the roaring twenties: Spanish tycoon Horacio Echevarrieta (a local Citizen Kane), the most mysterious of all spies, Wilhelm Canaris; and a German Navy officer fascinated by risky business, Captain Walther Lohmann. Together, they built the best submarine in the World, and dreamt of an empire of high-tech military industry, until they were hit by the financial storm of 1929.Written by
Hergueta, José Antonio
Films produced by German company Phoebus Films AG where part of the so-called "Lohmann scandal" with provoked the end of the international German program to develop forbidden weapons under the Versailles Treaty. Most of these films, very popular at the time, are lost or not accesible yet. Some excerpts were found in German archives, only a few were complete films, other just fragments. And little reference of the whole scandal and the track of Phoebus is also referred in German Film History books or studies. Having been absorbed by UFA after the scandal and bankruptcy, Phoebus seems to deserve only a little list. See more »
Wolfgang Mühl Benninghaus:
Phoebus was one of Germany's great film production companies. It was exceptional not only because it regularly produced films, but it also distributed them and had its own movie complex in the center of Berlin, in the Kurfürstendamm. So it had a chain of premiere movie theaters that exerted its muscle to ensure that those films were distributed across the whole of the German Reich.
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