Le tunnel

Le tunnel

Frankreich / Deutschland 1933, Spielfilm

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Philanthropic engineer Mac Allan is planning to build an undersea tunnel connecting the US and Europe. At a meeting of wealthy investors in a New York hotel, his idea receives unanimous support. However, speculator Mr Woolf has his own interests at heart and, as the president of the tunnel syndicate, he embezzles large sums of money. Three years later, a leak that lets in water leads to unrest among the tunnel-building crew. Mac Allan fails to realise that Woolf has hired agents provocateurs in an effort to halt construction. In trying to cover up his financial crimes, the syndicate boss does not even stop at a bomb attack ... The film was shot at Bavaria Studios near Munich in both a German and a French version. Establishing shots of New York's skyscrapers lent legitimacy to the technical optimism that tunnelling under the Atlantic might be possible in the not-too-distant future; the equipment could be considered modern. The film's forward-looking thrust was also reinforced by the appearance of Mac Allan's adversary, who blocked progress dressed in costumes that were strikingly "yesterday" – top hat, spats, tailcoat and white tie.

Source: 67. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Director:Kurt Bernhardt
Screenplay:Kurt Bernhardt, Reinhart Steinbicker
Dialogue:Alexandre Arnoux
based on:Bernhard Kellermann (Roman)
Director of photography:Carl Hoffmann
Production design:Karl Vollbrecht, Heinz Fenchel
Make-up artist:Heinrich Beckmann, Max Rauffer
Editing:Rudi Fehr
Music:Walter Gronostay
  
Cast: 
Jean GabinMac Allan
Madeleine RenaudMary Allan
Gustaf GründgensWoolf
Edmond Van DaëleCharles Baillère
André NoxBankier Lloyd
Raymonde AllainEthes Lloyd
Robert Le ViganBrooce
Pierre NayHobby
Philippe RichardHarryman
André BerticGordon
Victor Vina
Alexandre Arnoux
William Burke
Henry Trévoux
Henri Valbel
  
Production company:Vandor-Film (Paris), Bavaria Film AG (München-Geiselgasteig)
Length:76 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:s/w
Rating:Prüfung: 04.11.1933
Screening:Uraufführung: 11.1933;
Aufführung (DE): 02.2017, Berlin, IFF - Retrospektive

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Originaltitel (DE FR) Le tunnel

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Length:76 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:s/w
Rating:Prüfung: 04.11.1933
Screening:Uraufführung: 11.1933;
Aufführung (DE): 02.2017, Berlin, IFF - Retrospektive
 

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