Duel with Death

Duel with Death (German: Duell mit dem Tod) is a 1949 Austrian war drama film directed by Paul May and starring Rolf von Nauckhoff, Annelies Reinhold and Fritz Hinz-Fabricius.[1] The film portrays the underground resistance to the Nazis in Austria during the Second World War.

Duel with Death
Belgian release poster
Directed byPaul May
Produced byGeorg Wilhelm Pabst
Written byPaul May
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
StarringRolf von Nauckhoff
Annelies Reinhold
Fritz Hinz-Fabricius
Music byAlfred Schneider
CinematographyHelmuth Ashley
Distributed byUnion Film
Release date
20 July 1949
Running time
114 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art director Otto Pischinger.

It premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in July 1949 before going on general release in Austria that December.


A Professor is brought before an Allied military court to explain apparently incriminating evidence against him. This gives him a chance to recount what really happened during the war years.



  1. Fritsche p.49


  • Fritsche, Maria. Homemade Men in Postwar Austrian Cinema: Nationhood, Genre and Masculinity. Berghahn Books, 2013.
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