Kadetten (Cadets, 1939) DVD Karl Ritter
A Top Ten Film Of the Hitler Youth - banned since 1945.
Mastered in HD and Digitally Restored from Original 35mm print for superb picture quality.
Karl Ritter's Kadetten (Cadets) brings an heroic true episode from the time of Frederick the Great to the screen which mesmerized millions of Hitler Youth members during WW2. After the war, Ritter was accused of war crimes by the Soviets, who demanded he stand trial for ‘the systematic poisoning of German youth’ with films championing militarism and National Socialism.
In 1760, Frederick and his troops are in Silesia in the fifth year of war and Berlin is undefended. Russian Cossacks rape, pillage and conquer the city, and take hostage a hundred young cadets, aged six to twelve, of the Fortress Spandau Military Academy. The boys suffer starvation, cruelty and execution at the hands of the blood–thirsty Russians, but rally through Prussian pride, loyalty and discipline to emerge triumphant in the end.
Ritter used actual students from the Potsdam NAPOLA School as his cadets, and the film became one of the 'top ten' films of the Hitler Youth during the Third Reich.
When the film premiered in December, 1941 after the start of Operation Barbarossa, the leading national film daily stated that 'at this time when our Wehrmacht is again taking up the battle against Soviet Russia, where the heroic fighting of German soldiers is conquering and smashing the enemy, this film is especially welcome.'
Produced and Directed by Karl Ritter, music by Herbert Windt, starring Mathias Wieman, Carsta Löck, Klaus Detlef Sierck, Andrews Engelman.
Germany, 1939 (released 1941), B&W, 92 Minutes, German/Russian dialogue, English subtitles.
Digitally remastered in HD from original 35mm print and digitally restored for superb quality.
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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:
- 2 Historical Background Slideshows:
- Karl Ritter's Kadetten (Cadets,1941)
- Spandau, Prussia, and Hitler
- Posters, Behind-the-Scenes & Production Stills
- Original Promotional Materials:
- UFA Pressbook
- Illustrierter Film Kurier
- Das Programm von Heute
- Filmwelt Article: Visit with the "Cadets" (w/English Translations)
- Interactive Scene Selections
- English Subtitles
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)
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SALES AND DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED IN GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY AND AUSTRIA.