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Axe of Wandsbeck
Axe of Wandsbeck
Actors: Kathe Braun, Erwin Geschonneck, Gefion Helmke
Director: Falk Harnack
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2009     1hr 51min

Germany 1934: the Nazis need a hangman to put a group of political prisoners to death. Teetjen, the town butcher, makes the biggest mistake of his life: facing bankruptcy, he agrees to do the dirty deed. Adapted from the n...  more »


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Actors: Kathe Braun, Erwin Geschonneck, Gefion Helmke
Director: Falk Harnack
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/15/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1951
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1951
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 51min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: German
Subtitles: English

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Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 09/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Axe of Wandsbeck"

Finally Available

Amos Lassen

Originally made in 1951, "The Axe of Wandsbeck" has not been available for public viewing. The German government withdrew it because its artistic merit was misinterpreted in that it was believed to neglect the role of the working classes and that it aroused sympathy for Hitler. In 1962 it was re-released but minus a pivotal scene and it was not until 1981 that people could see the entire film which we now have on DVD from First Run Features. The film is a very truthful look at the age of the Nazism, an abhorrent period in the history of man. The director, Falk Harnack, had the primary goal of revealing the fact that many horrible murders were committed by ordinary Germans who acted upon the orders of others. He shows that due to penury, ordinary citizens were forced to murder other human beings. Our main character, Teetjen, makes the mistake of joining the Nazi party and then made a scapegoat by his ex-comrade. He was tricked by others promising him financial support. The film shows the truth that good works are seldom free of controversy. This is a shocking film that finally gives us a chance to better understand the Nazi mind.