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The Tunnel

  • Sci-fi
  • 1933
  • Curtis Bernhardt
  • 80 mins

Summary

An engineer is hired to plan and oversee the construction of a undersea tunnel between Europe and the US. However, certain interests don't want to see the tunnel built and use every means at their disposal, including sabotage and murder, to stop its construction.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Nationalist megalomania is the theme of this extraordinary disaster movie. Directed in both German and French by Curtis Bernhardt, the film chronicles a pugnacious engineer's attempt to construct a tunnel between Europe and the States. Yet, while Paul Hartmann and Jean Gabin respectively risk everything to succeed (with wives becoming as disposable as workers), Machiavellian moneyman Gustaf Gründgens (in each version) seeks to sabotage their efforts. Impressed by the message and such spectacular set pieces as the underground deluge, the British film industry jumped on the jingoistic bandwagon with Maurice Elvey's 1935 remake, although the originals were banned during the war as propaganda.

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Credits

Cast

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Mac AllanPaul Hartmann
Mary AllanOlly von Flint
WoolfGustaf Gründgens
HobbyAttila Hörbiger
LloydMax Weydner
Ethel LloydElga Brink
Bärmann, bomb expertOtto Wernicke
GordonRichard Revy

Crew

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DirectorCurtis Bernhardt

Details

Languages
German | French
Formats
Black and white
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