Immensee/The Great Sacrifice (Blu-ray)

Directed by Veit Harlan

Release Year: 1943
Running Time: 190
UPC: 7 38329 25511 4
Optional English Subtitles: Yes
Color Type: Color
Country: Germany
Language: German
Genres: Drama
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Cast
Kristina Söderbaum
Carl Raddatz
Paul Klinger
Irene von Meyendorff
Franz Schafheitlin

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Directed by Veit Harlan

During World War II, Kristina Söderbaum came to represent, for the German people, an ideal woman: the embodiment of strength and beauty, as well as a paragon of fidelity and sacrifice. Immensee stars Söderbaum as Elisabeth, a woman in love with Reinhardt, a brilliant composer (Carl Raddatz), but who instead marries someone more reliable (Paul Klinger). Years later, Reinhardt returns, and Elisabeth has a chance to be true to her one greatest love. In The Great Sacrifice, Söderbaum is Äls, a goddess of a woman who captures the heart of a married man Albrecht (Raddatz). When Äls falls victim to a serious illness, Albrect’s loyal wife (Irene von Meyendorff) sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her husband. Filmed in the rich, warm hues of the Agfacolor process (exquisitely restored by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung), both films are heavy with mood, highlighted by feverish dream sequences that give sublime visual expression to the character’s overwrought emotions.


Blu-ray Extras Include:

Immensee audio commentary by film historian Olaf Möller

The Great Sacrifice audio commentary by film historians Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson


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