The absolute high-point of German socialist film-making of its period. Pabst imagines a coal-mine on the French-German border, where the aftermath of World War I is still being played out: French prosperity and chauvinism hard up against German inflation and unemployment. There's a disaster in the French wing of the mine...and the German miners go to the rescue. Both the visual style and the 'message' of solidarity owe a lot to Soviet Socialist Realism, but Pabst was a more sophisticated social critic than any of the Russian film-makers. Only a bruised and cynical Berlin pessimist could produce a film as moving, sincere and committed as this.
Cast and crew
Ladislaus Vajda, Karl Otten, Peter Martin Lampel, Fritz Eckardt
Fritz Kampers Alexander Granach Ernst Busch Gustav Püttjer Daniel Mendaille Georges Charlia Pierre Louis Hélèna Manson