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<i>Razzia in St. Pauli</i> (1932)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
12:00 AM
Angell Auditorium A

GERMAN FILM INSTITUTE <br>The Cinema of Crisis: German Film 1928-1936

Written and directed by Werner Hochbaum. With Gina Falckenberg, Friedrich Gnass, Wolfgang Zilzer, Charly Wittong.

Razzi in St. Pauli is a social drama set in the harbor area of Hamburg. Else, a prostitute, lives with her boyfriend Leo, a peaceful bar musician, in St. Pauli. One day, Karl, a thief on the run, finds refuge at Else’s. She is fascinated by the man, and the two soon plan to leave Hamburg together to find a more exciting and happier life. Shot on location and featuring local non-actors as extras, this early German sound film is as much a portrait of its setting as of is its characters. The Nazi government banned the film a year after its release.
[Sources: filmportal.de, moma.org]
DVD w/ English subtitles, 62 min
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