Lovely to see the partnership of the Germans & French portrayed in the 1930's. I trust it would endure the years to come.
(In German and French with English subtitles)
Another film unapproved by Hitler and the Nazis regime, where the film showcases coal mining in the hey days between France and Germany which after the first World War had ended ended but with hostility coming from both sides, especially about employment etc... until an unfortunate coal mining incident reunting two countries on opposite sides and the dilemas that come with it!
At the beginning of this film showcases a German boy squabbling with a French boy about marbles and the two fathers on opposite sides asking each of them to make up, then the story skips to the coal mining workers- this scene was echoed again on Sam Peckinpah's critically acclaimed Western film "The Wild Bunch" which like this film serves some relevence as the film progresses! Although, still very standard film about coal mining and the story might seem to be clice, it's still quite interesting about the kind of equipment used and things that used to happen back in those days when digging coal was alot harder! Also consider is the fact that the time when this film was made, it was based on an actual incident, just after when the Germans and the French were at war with one another during WWII! And while watching this, also reminded me about the 33 saved Chilean miners who were trapped underground in August 2010, and were finally saved involving several countries!
3 out of 4 stars
Perhaps not. Make sure to see the German cut! I researched the film afterwards, and found that the German version is seven minutes longer than the American cut I saw on TCM. The longer version is on YouTube, and has an opening prologue and cynical closing scene that markedly improve the film. Minus the crucial final scene, "Kameradschaft" has more of a "hooray for Germany!" tone that's mighty tough to swallow considering what happened in Germany just a few years after the film's release.
Rating: three stars for the US version, and three and a half for the German version.