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3.7
76 Ratings

Comradeship

Kameradschaft

Directed by G.W. Pabst
Germany, France, 1931
Drama

Synopsis

Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion.

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Comradeship Directed by G.W. Pabst
It is certainly not short on sentiment, of the most pandering sort. And yet it fails to dissolve into treacle because the performances are so strong, the emotions so primal, the settings so austere. It is also a masterpiece of editing—the way it conveys simultaneity, seemingly accounts for the movements of an entire town, paces its set pieces along a continuum of gradually increasing tension. It flies along breathlessly, as gripping as any action picture.
February 01, 2018
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Pabst’s images complicate the narrative, as the boss is shown standing high on a top stair while a middleman stands closer to the bottom of the stairwell with the miners—a visual concept that illuminates the caste structures which go unmentioned in the dialogue. These contradictions in aesthetic and content inform Kameradschaft with an emotional ambiguity that might not have arisen from a more explicitly liberal film.
January 31, 2018
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The great perils and the fraternity of strangers so admired by Hugo, the bulky materiality of the world as well as its precariousness, the bricks and mortar of Georg Wilhelm Pabst’s classic humanistic pamphlet. Clamminess and suffocation down in the tunnels while crowds of townspeople wait grimly by the gates, the proletarian outrage of Soviet montage mated to Germanic camera movement for a burly surge of communal urgency.
May 11, 2017
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