Germanin: The Story of a Colonial Deed DVD
(Germanin: Die Geschichte Einer Kolonialen Tat)
Strong Propaganda Pits German
Humanitarianism Against British Perfidy
Death looms over the great continent of Africa, in Germanin, which chronicles the battle against sleeping sickness and the conquest of the tsetse fly—a heroic chapter in German colonial history. Despite British sabotage, a great cure is announced, but Germany has lost the First World War and its colonial empire and can no longer enter Africa. Will the German spirit triumph to save Africa? Directed with great panache by Max Kimmich, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels’ brother-in-law, this rousing action-adventure classic stars the always-charismatic Luis Trenker (Berge in Flammen, Der Rebell). The picture also features black German actor Louis Brody and hundreds of unpaid black extras. Germany’s colonial empire lasted only a generation. Germanin reflects the psychological impact of its loss: strong propaganda pits German humanitarianism against British perfidy, as the film glorifies the achievements of German science in the tropics. Thrilling location cinematography, assured direction, and exceptional wild-beast stock footage—as much as in any M-G-M Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan film—make Germanin one of the most exciting pictures made in Germany during the war.
Germany, 1943, B&W, 89 minutes. Directed by M. W. Kimmich. Starring Peter Petersen, Luis Trenker, Lotte Koch, Albert Lippert. German dialogue, Optional English subtitles.
WARNING: contains scenes of female nudity.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Three Original Promotional Materials Slideshows:
• Illustrierter Film-Kurier (with inter- active facsimilie English Translations)
• UFA Press Book - Bild und Text Informationen
• Production Stills
Optional English Subtitles
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)
Libraries and Institutions Please Note: Educational Editions with PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS and DIGITAL SITE LICENSES are available.