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Encyclopedia > Titanic (1943 film)
Titanic
Directed by Werner Klingler
Herbert Selpin
Produced by Willy Reiber
Written by Herbert Selpin
Walter Zerlett-Olfenius
Starring Sybille Schmitz
Hans Nielsen
Distributed by UFA
Release date(s) 10 November 1943
Running time 85 minutes
Language German
IMDb profile

Titanic was a 1943 Nazi propaganda film made during World War II in Berlin by Tobis Productions for UFA. Image File history File linksMetadata Titanic(1943). ... Sybille Schmitz, 1936, with de:Paul Hartmann Sybille Schmitz (born December 2, 1909 in Düren, Germany - suicide on April 13, 1955 in Munich , Bavaria , Germany) was a German actress. ... UFA logo Universum Film AG, better known as Ufa or UFA, was the principal film studio in Germany, home of the German film industry during the Weimar Republic and through World War II, and a major force in world cinema during its brief existence from 1917 to 1945. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nazism in history Nazi ideology Nazism and race Outside Germany Related subjects Lists Politics Portal         Nazism or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ... The Why We Fight Series depicts the Nazi propaganda machine. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... UFA logo Universum Film AG, better known as Ufa or UFA, was the principal film studio in Germany, home of the German film industry during the Weimar Republic and through World War II, and a major force in world cinema during its brief existence from 1917 to 1945. ...

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Brief history of the film

The film was shot on board the JJ Cap Arcona, a passenger cruise ship which itself was sunk in the last weeks of World War II with a heavy loss of life (6400)[citation needed]. The scenes with the lifeboats were filmed on the Baltic Sea and some of the interior scenes were shot in Tobis Studios. Memorial of Cap Arcona victims, Neustadt in Holstein. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For other uses, see Baltic (disambiguation). ...


Titanic was the most expensive German production up until that time and endured many production difficulties, including a clash of egos, massive creative differences and general war-time frustrations. All of this resulted in Joseph Goebbels arresting the film's director, Herbert Selpin, for treason and ordering him to be hanged in his cell the very next day. The unfinished film, the production of which spiraled wildly out control, was in the end completed by Werner Klingler. Paul Joseph Goebbels (German pronunciation: IPA: ; English generally IPA: ) (October 29, 1897 – May 1, 1945) was a German politician and Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda during the National Socialist regime from 1933 to 1945. ... For other uses, see Arrest (disambiguation). ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... For other uses, see Treason (disambiguation) or Traitor (disambiguation). ... This article is about death by hanging. ...


The premiere was supposed to be in early 1943, but the theatre that housed the answer print was bombed the night before the big event. The film went on to have a lacklustre premiere in Paris around Christmas of that same year, but in the end, Goebbels banned it altogether, stating that the German people, at that point going through almost nightly Allied bombing raids, were less than enthusiastic about seeing a film that portrayed mass death and panic. Titanic was re-discovered in 1949, but was quickly banned in most western and capitalist countries. However, it was a huge success with Soviet audiences[citation needed], who greatly related to the film's severe anti-capitalist statement. After the fifties, the film went back into obscurity, sometimes showing on German television. But in 1992, a censored, low quality VHS copy, was released in Germany. This version deleted the strongest propaganda scenes, which immensely watered down its controversial content. Finally, in 2005, Titanic was completely restored and, for the first time, the uncensored version was released in a special edition DVD by Kino Video. Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... This article is about the capital of France. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... Paul Joseph Goebbels (German pronunciation: IPA: ; English generally IPA: ) (October 29, 1897 – May 1, 1945) was a German politician and Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda during the National Socialist regime from 1933 to 1945. ... Map of the World showing the participants in World War I. Those fighting on the Allies side (at one point or another) are depicted in green, the Central Powers in orange, and neutral countries in gray. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... The year 2005 in film involved some significant events. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Kino International is a film and video distributor, based in New York City that specializes in art-house films, such as low-budget current films and classic films from earlier periods in the history of cinema. ...


Brief plot synopsis

The movie opens with a proclamation to the White Star stock holders that their stocks are currently falling. The president of White Star promises to reveal a secret during the maiden voyage of the Titanic that will change the fate of the stocks. He alone knows that the ship can break the world record in speed and that, he thinks, will raise the stock value. He and the board of the White Star plan to lower the stocks by selling even their own stocks in order to buy them back at a lower price. They plan to buy them back just before the news about the record speed of the ship will be published to the press. The issue of capitalism and the stock market plays a dominant role throughout the movie. The hero of the film is played by the fictional German First Officer Peterson on the ill-fated voyage of the British ocean liner RMS Titanic in 1912. He begs the ship's rich and snobbish owners to slow down the ship's speed, but they refuse and the Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks. The rich are shown as sleazy cowards, while Officer Peterson and a handful of German passengers in steerage are shown as brave and kind. Peterson manages to rescue many passengers, convince his lover to get into a lifeboat (in a scene which was famously echoed in the 1997 film) and saves a young girl, who was obviously left to die in her cabin by an uncaring, callous British capitalist mother. The film makes the allegory of the Titanic's loss specifically about British avarice rather than, as most Titanic retellings do, about general human arrogance and presumption. This film does include all the "classic" trappings of a Titanic film. The numerous subplots include greed, arrogance, star-crossed lovers, young love, old flames meeting again on the doomed ship and has the powerful and dramatic scene where a wife refuses to leave her husband on the doomed liner.-1... The maiden voyage of a ship or aircraft is the first cruise or flight in revenue service, typically following a series of shakedown cruises or test-flights. ... Stock manipulation is a practice whereby owners of a company take actions to increase or decrease the value of that stock, solely so they can buy or sell shares at a profit. ... Socialist propaganda poster from 1911. ... For other uses, see Titanic (disambiguation). ... Year 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Iceberg (disambiguation). ... The steerage was one of the lowest decks of a ship. ... Titanic is a 1997 disaster romance film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... For other uses, see Capitalism (disambiguation). ... Allegory of Music by Filippino Lippi. ... For the supervillain, see Barry Hubris. ...


Cast

  • Sybille Schmitz as Sigrid Olinsky
  • Hans Nielsen as 1st Officer Petersen
  • Kirsten Heiberg as Gloria
  • E.F. Fürbinger as Sir Bruce Ismay
  • Karl Schönböck as John Jacob Astor
  • Charlotte Thiele as Lady Astor
  • Otto Wernicke as Captain Edward J. Smith
  • Franz Schafheitlin as Hunderson
  • Sepp Rist as Jan
  • Claude Farell as Manniküre Heidi (credited as Monika Burg)
  • Jolly Bohnert as Marcia
  • Fritz Böttger as Lord Douglas
  • Lieselott Klinger as Anne
  • Theodor Loos as Privy Councillor Bergmann

Sybille Schmitz, 1936, with de:Paul Hartmann Sybille Schmitz (born December 2, 1909 in Düren, Germany - suicide on April 13, 1955 in Munich , Bavaria , Germany) was a German actress. ... Otto Karl Robert Wernicke (September 30, 1893 – November 7, 1965) was a German actor. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Geheimrat was the title of the highest officials of a German royal or principal court. ...

Allegations about A Night to Remember

The 1943 film actually had very good special effects for the time, so much so that it was alleged that some of them were spliced into the 1958 film A Night to Remember. This "fact," however, is greatly overstated. The only shots used by the 1958 film are four brief inserts. Two shots are of the ship sailing in calm waters during the day -- a very noticeable goof, since the model used in the 1943 version is very different from the one used in 1958. The other two shots were brief clips of a flooding walkway in the engine room. No shots of the actual sinking were used in A Night to Remember. Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. ... A Night to Remember is a 1958 film adaptation of Walter Lords book of the same name, recounting the final night of the RMS Titanic. ...


See also

The List of German films of 1933-1945 are divided into this timeframe to reflect the period of Nazi Germany, between the time that Hitler rose to power, January 30, 1933, and when Admiral Dönitz surrendered to the Allies, May 8, 1945. ... // Goals of the Nazi film policy Despite its authoritarian core, Nazism was a populism, a political movement that courted the masses by the means of slogans that were aimed directly at the instincts and emotions of the people. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Titanic (1943 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (754 words)
The film went on to have a lackluster premiere in Paris around Christmas of that same year, but in the end, Goebbles banned it all together, stating that the German people, at that point going through almost nightly Allied bombing raids, were less than enthusiastic about seeing a film that portrayed mass death and panic.
The film is especially notable for its alleged influence on James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster.
The 1943 film actually had very good special effects for the time, so much so that it was alleged that some of them were spliced into the 1958 film A Night to Remember.
Titanic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (211 words)
Titanic (1943 film), a German film directed by Werner Klingler and Herbert Selpin.
Titanic (1997 film), a blockbuster film directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Titanic (musical), a musical about the sinking that ran on Broadway from 1998 to 2000.
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