Über Alles In Der Welt (Above All in the World - Karl Ritter 1941) DVD
A Symbolic Apotheosis of Nazi Germany's Invincible Power!
Nazi cinema produced numerous WW2 military epics, one of the most impressive of which is Ufa's first-rate 1941 production, Über Alles in der Welt (Above All in the World), directed by Karl Ritter (Stukas). Ritter customarily produced morale-building propaganda pictures, and this, his first propaganda film to deal with the war, as well as his finest effort, was one of the highest-grossing pictures of the Third Reich. Set largely in France, England, and Spain, the film chronicles the plight of Germans caught by the outbreak of war and their frantic attempts to return to the Fatherland to join the battle. All of Germany's enemies receive equal disdain. The British, the French, the Poles, and the Jews are portrayed respectively as warmongers, profiteers and cowards. In the end, all that is important is returning to Germany. As Ritter put it in Ufa's pressbook, Über Alles in der Welt presents "a dynamic apotheosis of the certainty of German victory" in the fight "forced upon" the German nation and the German peoples' resistance against the dark powers in enemy camps.' Five months prior to the film's premiere, Reichsminister for Propaganda Dr Joseph Goebbels reviewed the film's production progress and entered into his diary on 10 October 1940: ‘Über alles in der Welt. Richly naïve and primitive but probably a great public hit. Ritter tells national stories without inhibition that would make others blush.'
Directed by Karl Ritter. Music by Herbert Windt. Starring Paul Hartmann, Hannes Stelzer, Carl Raddatz, Fritz Kampers, Berta Drews. German dialogue, English subtitles.
Digitally remastered from 35mm print.
Germany, 1941, B&W, 85 mins.
About the director:
Directed by Karl Ritter who's contemporary WW2 propaganda feature filmmaking employed stunning actual battlefront footage and brought to Third Reich cinemas fast–paced, action–filled storylines championing ideological themes and military successes against all enemies of the Reich.
(See also Ritter book)
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Historical Background Slide Show
- Promotional Stills & Posters
- Original Promotional Materials:
- UFA Press Card
- UFA Press Books
- Film Kuriers w/ English Translations
- Film Script
- Telegram from Hannes Stelzer
- Interactive Scene Selections
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)
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