Artikelnummer 1620

DIE LETZTE BRÜCKE (The Last Bridge) (1954) * with switchable multiple subtitles *

Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki and Barbara Rütting, Helmut Käutner

A German nurse, Helga (Maria Schell), is kidnapped by Yugoslavian partisans. Their doctor has died and they need another one. Helga has medical training, so she's forced to go with them. At first, she goes with them unwillingly. She doesn't like them and they don't like her. As time goes by, however,  she begins to see them as they really are:  not bandits, but as human beings that need her help.  And while they are going through mountains and crossing rivers, a new understanding of the people and the land dawn on her.  Sometimes they are attacked by German forces and Helga begins to suspect that maybe things are not so simple as she once thought.  She doesn't know anymore where she belongs.

This subject could have easily led to a maudlin or preachy film, but Die Letzte Brücke avoids these traps.  The film manages to convey emotion through a skillful use of images and words - close-ups on Maria Schell's face, on other faces, the mountains, the rivers, the bridges.  When partisan commandant Boro (Bernhard Wicki) and Helga are passing by a cemetery, he says to Helga:  "Here are buried the German soldiers", and then, with a wide gesture, showing the landscape, mountains and all, he says:  "and there are buried our people, my people, our land".  Images and words work together and the emotion conveyed by them is deep; but the film is not at all melodramatic.



DVD-R is in German with switchable English, Spanish and French subtitles. Approx. 98 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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Wonderful, 09.06.2014 04:20
Von: rogerthemoviemaniac88
Superb quality. No issues with jumps of fuzziness. A heartbreaking classic from Kautner and a print to really do the movie justice.
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