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September 12, 2017
Another pacifist movie from G.W. Pabst following his 'Westfront 1918'. This movie looks so real, studio built mine is so believable and all this is made without cgi; it makes you wonder. Direction is exceptional, camerawork outstanding: all these tracking shots and long shots add to the ultra-realism of the movie. It's like the camera is observing rather than intruding or conditioning the action. The harrowing consequences of the tragedy are reminiscent of the horrors of WW1 which the most part of miners no doubt experienced. The dirt, gas, water, darkness, fog, debris, sometimes it looks like ruins of a dugout or bombed out trenches. At one point a french miner going crazy thinks he's on a battlefield fighting the Germans. The main message of the movie is obvious: nations should unite in their struggle for a better life without wars, quarrels and misunderstandings. All the more the ending leaves you with a bitter taste in its cynical depiction of a horrible reality.
½ February 6, 2016
A year after directing the enlightening World War I drama¬†Westfront 1918 (1930)¬†Georg Wilhelm Pabst directed this foreign language (with subtitles) drama about ‚??comradeship‚?? between French and German miners who work the same coal mine on opposite sites of the border. Like director John Ford‚??s subsequent Oscar winner¬†How Green Was My Valley (1941)¬†the film gives one a very real sense of (the family) life in a mining town and the dangerous (and claustrophobic) nature of the work. Based on a real incident some twenty-five years earlier Pabst and his writers Peter Martin Lampel Karl Otten & Ladislaus Vajda begin their story by illustrating the tensions between the citizens of two mining communities one in France and one in Germany. Unemployed Germans are refused work in the French-side Tribault mine and some others find that they‚??re really not welcome to mingle (e.g. with the women) in France‚??s social settings. Prejudice and mistrust between the neighboring countries are still fresh more than 10 years after the Great War had ended. But an un-extinguishable fire burning in the core of the Tribault mine which requires that a new wall be built to contain its heat regularly eventually finds gas and causes a large scale disaster cave-in that traps or kills more than six hundred French miners. The special effects are terrific especially for the time.
September 25, 2015
Started off slow, but got better. Really, quite well done. The realism is certainly evident.

Lovely to see the partnership of the Germans & French portrayed in the 1930's. I trust it would endure the years to come.
November 18, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011

(1931) Kameradschaft
(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
Super Reviewer
½ November 12, 2011
G.W. Pabst directed this inspiring tale of a French coal-mine accident and the German miners who cross the border to help rescue the buried men. The film's realism is remarkable, such that it's hard to even imagine the sets' construction or how all the cave-ins and underground fires were staged. On the other hand, the procedural intrigue usually found in this sort of story is missing -- the action merely shows rescuers going down and dragging survivors back to the surface. Not much else. The accident's scope doesn't quite register either -- we're told that 600 miners are stranded (most of them killed, presumably), but the depiction gives no sense of such a huge disaster. Scattered people are pulled out, and the people gaily celebrate. Happy ending?

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.
½ June 24, 2011
Pabst effortlessly combines realism and strong emotions through his command of craft. It's idealistic in the best way.
June 9, 2011
One of G.W. Pabst's most important films, an early sound classic that utilizes realistic, fluid photography, and on site sound design to convey the immediacy and danger of a mine collapse. Also important: the Germany/France co-production, smack between two World Wars, melodramatically stressing unity and (per the title) comradeship.
½ July 1, 2009
Deserves to be mentioned alongside Grand Illusion as great anti-nationalistic movie, only this one's also layin' down some disaster movie framework, complete with impressive mine explosion effects. A smart ending plays it just a tad cynical, making its bilingually-shot French and German ally message all the more depressing given that World War II was only 8 years away, but without tainting the film's positive message. A Pabst Blue Ribbon for this one!
Super Reviewer
July 6, 2008
nominated for best foreign film by NBR
½ May 10, 2008
Idealistic German-French co-production from GW Pabst. Kameradschaft features a highly progressive soundtrack and preempts Italian neo-realism in its realistic depiction of mining families in the Ruhr in the aftermath of the First World War. Its socialist politics are over-simplified, but it has a certain charm nonetheless.
½ August 16, 2007
Brilliant. A great social history document as well as a great film.
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