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Black Gravel (Blu-ray)

Directed by : Helmut Kautner
Available Date : 09/01/2020
Release Year : 1961
Running Time : 114
UPC : 738329250621
Country : Germany
Language: German
Subject : German Cinema & Culture, Film and Media Studies - German Cinema, 20th Century Politics - 20th Century Politics
Genre : War, Crime, Drama, Film Noir
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In this gripping Cold War noir, tensions simmer between residents of a small German village and the soldiers of a U.S. military base. Postwar economic hardship has turned the town of Sohnen into a vice district. The women serve as entertainment for the GIs, while the men struggle for survival in the black market. Helmed by Helmut Käutner (Port of Freedom), Black Gravel is hardboiled cinema at its most cynical, recalling such white-knuckle thrillers as Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear and Jules Dassin and A.I. Bezzerides’s Thieves’ Highway. Upon its initial release, Black Gravel was criticized for its honest depiction of lingering antisemitism—and the film was re-edited for general release. This Kino Classics edition presents both the uncensored “Premiere” cut and the revised “Distribution” version, both meticulously restored by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.


Product Extras :

Includes both the uncensored "Premiere" version and the re-edited "Distribution" version of the film

Audio commentary by film historian Olaf Möller

Publish Date : 2020-08-04
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  • Helmut Kautner - Director
  • Helmut Kautner - Writer
  • Helmut Wildt - Actor
  • Robert Neidhardt - Actor
  • Ingmar Zeisberg - Actor
  • Hans Cossy - Actor
  • Wolfgang Buttner - Actor

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