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DREI UNTEROFFIZIERE (1939)

Albert Hehn, Fritz Genschow and Wilhelm K├Ânig
$11.49


Ein NS-Militärfilm, der als Wehrertüchtigungsmaßnahme die Kameradschaft unter Soldaten beschwört: Deutschland, Frühjahr 1939. Die drei befreundeten Unteroffiziere Kohlhammer, Struve und Rauscher unterscheiden sich zwar im Wesen, doch der Stolz auf ihre Kompanie verbindet sie über die privaten Vorlieben hinweg. Als Rauscher sich in die junge Schauspielerin Gerda verliebt und in der Folge seine Pflichten vernachlässigt, springen die anderen beiden an seiner Stelle ein. So nehmen sie selbst disziplinarische Strafen auf sich, um den Namen des Freundes zu schützen. Am Ende erkennt Rauscher sein Fehlverhalten und meldet sich aus freien Stücken beim Hauptmann, der sich vor allem über den Zusammenhalt unter seinen Untergebenen freut. 

Director Werner Hochbaum hated making films for the Nazi government to glorify the German military.  Indeed, so much did he hate it that this 1939 film had quite the opposite effect, despite being made with story elements which were designed to satisfy his superiors, and as a consequence, Hochbaum was banned from making theatrical films for the duration of the War.   He managed to escape a worse punishment for his disrespect by enlisting in the army and making military newsreels.   Before he died in 1946, he gave interviews in which he was unsparing in his criticism of the Nazi film industry.  For this film, Hochbaum was given the use of actual military units. Despite appearances, therefore, the military units' struttings before the camera are not parodies of German military behavior at the time, but are simply an accurate record of it.  The film's story concerns two junior officers who are friends.  When one of them begins to shirk his military duties in order to pursue a love affair, the other one covers for him.

 

THE DVD COMES WITH A NEWSREEL PREVIEW, MUCH LIKE AUDIENCES IN GERMANY MIGHT HAVE SEEN BEFORE THE MAIN MOVIE WAS SHOWN  (though the newsreel here may not be contemporary to the film).

 
DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH NO SUBTITLES  (except for the newsreel).  APPROX. 109 MINS. TOTAL COMBINED.  WELL-WORN, VHS-LIKE QUALITY; BUT WATCHABLE.
 
 

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