When a coal mine collapses on the frontier between Germany and France, trapping a team of French miners inside, workers on both sides of the border spring into action, putting aside national prejudices and wartime grudges to launch a dangerous rescue operation. Director G. W. Pabst brings a claustrophobic realism to this ticking-clock scenario, using realistic sets and sound design to create the maze of soot-choked shafts where the miners struggle for survival. A gripping disaster film and a stirring plea for international cooperation, Kameradschaft
cemented Pabst’s status as one of the most morally engaged and formally dexterous filmmakers of his time.
- New interview with German film scholar Hermann Barth on the film’s production
- 1988 interview with editor Jean Oser
- 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak on the historical context of the film
- An essay by author and critic Luc Sante