WWI Film Collection DVD

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It has been 100 years since the start of the First World War. More than 10 million people lost their lives between 1914 and 1918, and twice as many were injured or crippled. The First World War was a significant theme for the film artists of the Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA), the East German film company founded in 1946. The suffering of working people, the misery of life in the factories and poor accommodation in cities, the growing organisation of resistance to warmongers and profiteers, as well as the battle for a better world are the topics of this extraordinary collection of films. THE KAISER S LACKEY: Submissiveness and petty bourgeois behaviour were part of the apparatus of oppression that kept the German Empire running and stabilised its hierarchy. Industrialist s son Diederich Heßling, hero of this extraordinary film, is a cowardly and conventional career-opportunist. His path to power is that of the lickspittle he seeks the recognition of all above him, denounces competitors, and becomes the despot of both his inherited paper factory and his own family. Heinrich Mann s grand novel The Kaiser s Lackey, about a typical fellow traveller who uncritically idolises the Kaiser and shares his ambitions for world power was sympathetically filmed by director Wolfgang Staudte. A clever and amusing piece of cinema and a world success. THE GIRLS IN GINGHAM: The increase in industrialisation in the Germany of the early 20th century made the difference in poor and rich much more apparent. The life of simple people was hard. The focal point of The Girls in Gingham is Guste, who, as a maid, has to look after her lords and ladies. When the First World War breaks out, her husband is conscripted. Guste has to support the whole family by toiling as a hand-grenade maker. The young woman soon grasps that she is working for the continuation of this senseless war. She quits... The Girls in Gingham is a cinematographic journey through time and empire, through war, economic crisis, the rise of Nazi fascism and into a further, even crueller Second World War. It is a tense, moving and dramatic story.

Product Details

Region:
  • 2
Sound Information:
  • Dolby Digital
Number of Discs:
  • 4
Main Language:
  • English
Studio:
  • Demand DVD
Certificate:
  • E

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