Nobody likes treating enemy soldiers. But Helga is German, and like most Germans under Hitler, believed that enemy didn't necessarily mean bad.
The Hyderabad Film Club, in association with Goethe Zenthrum Hyderabad, is presenting a festival of German Films directed by Helmut Kautner, at Sarathi Studio and the Goethe premises, from 18th to 24th September. As part of the festival, "The Last Bridge" is being screened today at 7:30 PM at Sarathi Studios.
This movie is the story of Helga, a young German doctor, who is stationed at a field hospital in the Balkans during World War II. One day, Yugoslav partisans kidnap her, and though she tries to escape at first, her duty as doctor forces her to stay. Then typhoid breaks out in the partisans’ camp, and Helga smuggles the much-needed medication out of the German field hospital. The bridge which separates the enemy camps, becomes a poignant symbol for the senselessness of the war.
Maria Schell, an actress particularly well-known for her melodramatic roles, portrays with great sensitivity the conflicts of a doctor trapped between two friends.
Helmut Kaeutner was born in 1908 in Duesseldorf and died in 1980 in Italy. He studied German, Art History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theater Studies. He began his film career as a scriptwriter. His directorial debut was with the film Kitty and the World Conference (Kitty Und Die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the movie was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its pro-English leanings.
Later on, he went on to make great films like Kleider Machen Leute (1940), Auf Wiedersehen Franziska! (1941), Anuschka (1942), Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7 (1944), In Jenen Tagen (1947), Des Teufels General (1955), Zu Jung (1958) and Die Feuerzangenbowle (1970), among others.
His film Dis Letzte Bruecke won a German Film Award in 1954, and Der Hauptmann von Koepenik won two German Film Awards in 1957.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy, Secretary of the Hyderabad Film Club, at 93910-20243, or Goethe-Zenthrum at 5552-6443/2324-1791 for further details.