Black Gravel

An American military base is established in rural West Germany in 1960 in a small village with 250 inhabitants. Six thousand soldiers now live in the region, and although no... Read more


Black Gravel

Directed by Helmut Kautner

Year: 1961
Color Type: B&W
Country: Germany
Language: German
Genres: Film Noir, War, Crime
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Black Gravel

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Directed by Helmut Kautner
Writer Helmut Kautner


An American military base is established in rural West Germany in 1960 in a small village with 250 inhabitants. Six thousand soldiers now live in the region, and although no one really likes them, everyone does business with them. Protagonist Robert Neidhardt benefits from the construction of a military airport with the black trading of gravel. In doing so, Neidhardt's unscrupulousness drives him to the extreme. Stylistically based on American noirs and B-movies, Black Gravel examines the effects of the American occupation on the residents of a Kaff in the western German province.

This new restoration has been completed in 4K by the Murnau Stiftung and features Kautner's director's cut, which was censored for political reasons and remained unseen since the film's 1961 premiere.

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