Film (1933). Vandor Film/Bavaria Film. Directed by Kurt Bernhardt. Written by Bernhardt, Reinhart Steinbicker, based on Der Tunnel (1913; trans 1915) by Bernhard Kellermann. Cast includes Elga Brink, Gustaf Gründgens, Paul Hartmann, Attila Hörbiger and Olly von Flint. 80 minutes (French version 73 minutes). Black and white.
This ambitious German film tells of a Near-Future attempt by German engineers, imbued with nationalist fervour, to drill a tunnel under the Atlantic. A speculator attempts to sabotage the project. Technically, the film has a high standard, with convincing sets and special effects; the various Disasters that occur – cave-ins, floods and volcanic eruptions – are realistically staged (too realistically, perhaps, as the film's associate producer was killed during the shooting of one such sequence). A French-language version was made simultaneously, starring Jean Gabin and Madeleine Renaud. The slightly inferior UK remake was The Tunnel (1935; vt Trans-Atlantic Tunnel US). [JB/PN]
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