Artikelnummer 78
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MENSCHEN OHNE VATERLAND (1937)

Willy Fritsch, Mária Tasnádi Fekete and Willy Birgel
$9.99

Der Erste Weltkrieg steht kurz vor dem Ende, nur noch ein paar einzelne, verbohrte Befehlshaber glauben, die Niederlage Deutschlands noch abwenden zu können. Eine solche Figur steht auch im Mittelpunkt dieses Propagandafilms. Oberleutnant Maltzach weiß im Grunde nicht mehr, wohin er gehört. In Ostpreußen, wo er eine kleine Truppe von Freikorpssoldaten befehligt, haben sich zahllose Menschen verschiedener Nationen eingefunden, und allen gemeinsam ist die furchtbare Entwurzelung, die jeder Krieg mit sich bringt. Maltzachs ganze Energie gilt dem Zurückschlagen der Russen, die täglich in Ostpreußen einmarschieren können. Er weiß, dass sich in seiner Umgebung Verräter befinden, deren Intrigen immer wieder für Rückschläge und Verluste sorgen.

Latvia:  It is 1918.  Germany's defeat is at hand.  In the East, however, a new war has broken out:  the Bolsheviks in the infant Soviet state are fighting for their survival, but at the same time, expanding into those areas they lost to Germany during the First World War.  In the Baltic States, even before the War has ended, German units are forming into Freikorps, mercenaries fighting for German interests ... and their own gain.  In Latvia, the new government, quasi-allied and quasi-occupied by the Germans, has no choice but to rely on these units to defend its newly declared independence.  Amidst local hostility and conflicting orders, the Freikorps battle Red units intent on making Latvia a red province.  Add into this a refugee from St. Petersburg who takes the fur coat off a Cheka spy killed during a battle, unaware that plans to undermine the Germans are in the pockets; traitors within the German and Latvian ranks who are waiting for the arrival of the real courier with those plans and who think the refugee is she; and some confused politics, and you have an action thriller which fairly accurately portrays the activity of these private armies in the East.

Film and sound quality are quite good, though a very good command of German will be of great help in following this film. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A 40 SECOND BLOCK OF FILM WITH NO SOUND (ERROR) AND THAT THE END OF THE FILM HAS MUSIC BUT NO END CREDITS (INTENTIONAL AND CORRECT).

REGION FREE (will play in any DVD player).

 

IN GERMAN; NO SUBTITLES.  APPROX. 97 MINS.