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Thu Mar 21, 2019, 08:10 PM

movie review: the German socialist "Titanic" (1943)



It was purely by accident I discovered that the German socialists had made a movie in 1943 during the height of the conflict in Europe, about the sinking of the RMS "Titanic", and that actually it was a sharp, well-produced film even though the director was hung by the secret police midway through the filming--but for whatever reasons, they forgot to remove his name from the list of credits, and never substituted the name that replaced him.

The black-and-white quality is great, and it's subtitled in case one doesn't know German.

It was produced with a massive budget (in today's dollars, 180 million) and produced by robbing industry and the German military of resources badly needed to carry on the war. But Joseph Goebbels, the Demo-like minister of propaganda wanted it, so Hitler let him have it.

It was meant as an anti-British film, showing off the greed and cupidity of British capitalists, and while that shows through a little bit, on the main it's an accurate portrayal of people and events. There was however the inevitable insertion of a "good German" as an officer on the ship, who never existed in reality.

After it was done, it was immediately banned in Germany (but shown in other socialist-occupied countries) because of the well-performed scenes of panic and confusion of the crowds as the ship was going down. Of all the "Titanic" movies I've seen, this one seems to capture that better than any of the others.

It was banned because it was thought those scenes would remind Germans too much of their own panic-stricken rushes to air-raid shelters.

All in all, an excellent movie if one's into black-and-whitery, and so if one can find a copy, I'd suggest one buy it.

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cologeek Mar 21 #1
imwithfred Mar 21 #2
RCW2014 Mar 21 #3
oflguy Mar 22 #7
Banshee 3 Actual Mar 22 #4
imwithfred Mar 22 #5
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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 08:14 PM

1. There were more than a few good entertainment films made in Germany during the Hitler regime.

Most of those which survived were locked away, regardless of their merit. I hadn't heard about this one though. I'll have to look it up.

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Response to cologeek (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 08:15 PM

2. ".....I'll have to look it up....."

Trust me, it's just really good.....and reasonably accurate, although it could've been less critical of British capitalists.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 08:27 PM

3. Available for watching on youtube.



One of many good RMS Titanic films...

You actually posted something of worth...

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 02:04 AM

7. Wow, the movie is nothing but one jab at capitalism after another

I got one third through it and the propaganda redundancy got to be just too much. If anyone thinks Hitler's Germany was not socialistic all they need do is watch this movie.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 12:35 AM

4. Worst maritime disaster wasnt the titanic

twas the Wilhelm Gustloff sunk by soviet submarine

9,400 dead

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 12:40 AM

5. I can't find it at the moment, but I believe

the Wilhelm Gustloff was the sister ship to the ship used in this movie.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 12:42 AM

6. Okay, more info.

Most of the film was shot at the German-occupied Polish Baltic Sea port of Gdynia (renamed Gotenhafen), on board SS Cap Arcona, a passenger liner which eventually shared Titanic's fate; it was sunk a few days before the end of World War II by the Royal Air Force on May 3, 1945, with loss of life more than three times than that on the actual Titanic. The ship had been turned into a prison ship and filled with Jewish inmates that the Nazis had put there in hopes that the ship would be destroyed by the British.

"Three times the loss on the actual Titanic" would be about 7,500, give or take, so while it was pretty bad, it wasn't as bad as the ship you cited.

---from, as usual, Wikipedia.

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