Kameradschaft Film Still


G. W. Pabst

Kameradschaft (Criterion Blu-Ray)

30 Jan 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Germany
  • 1931
  • 88 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • German
  • Spine #908

When a coal mine collapses on the frontier between Germany and France, trapping a team of French miners inside, workers on both sides of the border spring into action, putting aside national prejudices and wartime grudges to launch a dangerous rescue operation. Director G. W. Pabst brings a claustrophobic realism to this ticking-clock scenario, using realistic sets and sound design to create the maze of soot-choked shafts where the miners struggle for survival. A gripping disaster film and a stirring plea for international cooperation, Kameradschaft cemented Pabst’s status as one of the most morally engaged and formally dexterous filmmakers of his time.


KasperAlexander Granach
WildererFritz Kampers
Jean LeclercDaniel Mendaille
WittkoppErnst Busch
Anna WittkoppElisabeth Wendt
KaplanGustav Püttjer
Mine foremanOskar Höcker
Rose, Albert’s wifeHéléna Manson
Françoise LeclercAndrée Ducret
Grandfather JacquesAlex Bernard
Georges, his grandsonPierre-Louis
EmileGeorges Charlia
Engineer VidalGeorges Tourreil
AlbertMarcel Lesieur
German mine directorFritz Wendhausen


DirectorG. W. Pabst
Screenplay byPeter Martin Lampel, Herbert Rappaport and Ladislaus Vajda
French dialogueLéon Werth
From the story by Karl Otten
Director of photographyFritz Arno Wagner
Music byG. von Rigelius
Edited byJean Oser
Set designErnö Metzner
SoundAdolf Jansen
Assistant directorsHerbert Rappaport and Robert Beaudoin
Produced bySeymour Nebenzal

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with German film scholar Hermann Barth on the film’s production
  • 1988 interview with editor Jean Oser
  • 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak on the historical context of the film
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author and critic Luc Sante

Other Editions

Kameradschaft (Criterion DVD)

30 Jan 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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