Der Tunnel (1933)

(a.k.a. THE TUNNEL)
Article #930 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-1-2003
Posting Date: 2-28-2004
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt
Featuring Paul Hartmann, Attila Horbiger, Olly von Flint

A massive construction plan is undertaken to build a tunnel from America to Europe underneath the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s been some time since I’ve seen the English language remake of this movie by Maurice Elvey in 1935, but I do remember enough of the ending of that one to say that it is rather different from the ending of this one. There are other differences as well, I am sure, but the fact that my print of this movie is (here we go again) in unsubtitled German severely damages my ability to make any serious comparison between the two movies. I can say that the spectacle of this one is quite entertaining, maybe even a hair more than the spectacle of the remake, and I do enjoy seeing Otto Wernicke as something other than Lohmann (from M and THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE), but all in all, watching this one was a fairly unnecessary experience without subtitles. Nonetheless, I did so for the sake of completeness, so here it is. And I’m sure I’ll have plenty of similar experiences in the future. Ah, the life of a completist.

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