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Director: Falk Harnack     Starring: Erwin Geschonneck Kathe Braun
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Format: DVD
Sku: 211402030
UPC: 720229913911
UPC 14: 00720229913911
Category Keywords: 1930s  Death  Historical  Live-Action  True Story
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Editor's Note
In this tragic true story based on the novel by Arnold Zweig, a butcher was called upon to execute four communists with a meat axe in 1938 because the normal executioner was ill. When author Zweig read about the execution, and then later read about the suicide of a butcher later in the same year, he came to the realization that both butchers were the same person, and he wrote this story. In the film, Erwin Geschonneck plays the butcher who suffers miserably from his act and he is not alone in his misery--his wife commits suicide while in deep despair. Unable to function properly, the butcher loses his customers and soon he himself cannot face living any longer. This 1951 East German movie was banned in West Germany and West Berlin until its well-attended 1983 premier at a retrospective for its director Falk Harnack. A 1982 documentary by the same title provides the background and the story of the butcher.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/18/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1951
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 913911D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229913911
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Erwin Geschonneck
Video Cast Info Kathe Braun
Video Cast Info Falk Harnack - Director

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Product attributeActor:   Geschonneck,Erwin
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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