Axe of Wandsbek

Directed By: Falk Harnack Starring: Erwin Geschonneck Kathe Braun

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Product Overview


Studio First Run Features
SKU 211402030
UPC 720229913911
UPC 14 00720229913911
Format DVD
Release Date 9/18/2014
True Story
Editors Note
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.
Falk Harnack
Erwin Geschonneck
Kathe Braun
Cast & Crew
Erwin Geschonneck - Star
Kathe Braun - Star
Falk Harnack - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1951
Catalog ID 913911D
UPC 00720229913911
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color B&W
Product Attributes
Actor Geschonneck,Erwin
Label First Run Feature
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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