No Man’s Land
1931. Germany. Victor Trivas. 81 min.
Monday, October 24, 2011, 6:45 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
No Man’s Land
1931. Germany. Directed by Victor Trivas. With Vladimir Sokoloff, Georges Péclet, Louis Douglas. In an increasingly militaristic Germany still roiling with controversy over the success of G.W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 and Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front the previous year, Trivas put forth his own defiantly pacifist film about the Great War. Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels, disgusted with Trivas’s depiction of suffering on both sides of the battlefield, racial mixing, and plea for international brotherhood, ordered all copies of the film destroyed. Fortunately he did not get his wish. Trivas, a Russian Jew, was forced to flee to the U.S., where he found a measure of success writing screenplays in Hollywood—his script for Orson Welles’s The Stranger earned an Oscar nomination—before being blacklisted. Meticulously restored by the Archives françaises du film du CNC, Bois d’Arcy, Niemansland is a poignant follow-up to Abel Gance’s J’Accuse!, presented in last year’s preservation festival. In various languages; English subtitles. 81 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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