- Morgenrot (film)
Morgenrot Directed by Vernon Sewell
Produced by Gunther Stapenhorst Written by Gerhard Menzel Starring Rudolf Forster
Music by Herbert Windt Distributed by Universum Film AG (UFa) Release date(s) 2 February 1933 Running time 75 minutes Country Weimar Republic
The film offered a heroization of death, with the captain explicitly stating that Germans may not know how to live, but they know how to die. In a central scene, the captain of the submarine offers to his men that he and the first officer will go down with the ship in order that they may escape; they refuse on the grounds it will be all or none of them, and the captain glorifies the chance to die with such men, a theme that commonly appeared in Nazi-era films.
The first officer, having learned that the woman he loves is in love with captain, not himself, and another sailor commit suicide to save the others -- a common way to resolve love triangles in Nazi films, where the heroic death saves the man out from failure.
On the other hand, the mother of one man refuses to rejoice over her son because of the suffering of war - a theme that would not appear in Nazi film.
- ^ filmportal.de
- ^ Jay W. Baird, The Mythical World of Nazi War Propaganda, p 8 ISBN 0-8166-0741-9
- ^ Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p20 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- ^ Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p20-1 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- ^ Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p21 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- ^ "New York Times: Morgenrot (1933)". NY Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/139915/Morgenrot/overview. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
The films of Vernon Sewell 1930sMorgenrot (1933) 1940sThe Silver Fleet (1943) • The World Owes Me a Living (1945) • Latin Quarter (1945) • The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (1947) • Uneasy Terms (1948) • The Jack of Diamonds (1949) 1950sThe Dark Light (1951) • The Black Widow (1951) • The Floating Dutchman (1952) • Ghost Ship (1952) • Counterspy (1953) • Dangerous Voyage (1954) • Radio Cab Murder (1954) • Where There's a Will (1955) • Johnny, You're Wanted (1956) • Soho Incident (1956) • Home and Away (1956) • Rogue's Yarn (1957) • Battle of the V-1 (1958) • Wrong Number (1959) 1960s 1970sBurke & Hare (1972)
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