Frisians in Peril
Frisians in Peril (German: Friesennot) is a 1935 German drama film directed by Peter Hagen and starring Friedrich Kayßler, Jessie Vihrog and Valéry Inkijinoff. Made for Nazi propaganda purposes, it concerns a village of ethnic Frisians in Russia.
|Frisians in Peril|
|Directed by||Peter Hagen|
|Produced by||Alfred Bittins |
|Written by||Werner Kortwich|
|Starring|| Friedrich Kayßler |
|Music by||Walter Gronostay|
|Edited by||Wolfgang Becker|
|19 November 1935|
The film has also been known as Dorf im roten Sturm (Germany; reissue title) and Frisions [sic] in Distress (USA).
After Mette, a half-Russian, half-Frisian woman, becomes the girlfriend of Kommissar Tschernoff, the Frisians murder her and throw her body in a swamp.
- Friedrich Kayßler as Jürgen Wagner
- Helene Fehdmer as Kathrin Wagner
- Valéry Inkijinoff as Kommissar Tschernoff
- Jessie Vihrog as Das Mädchen Mette
- Hermann Schomberg as Klaus Niegebüll
- Ilse Fürstenberg as Dörte Niegebüll
- Kai Möller as Hauke Peters
- Fritz Hoopts as Ontje Ibs
- Martha Ziegler as Wiebke Detlevsen
- Gertrud Boll as Telse Detlevsen
- Maria Koppenhöfer as Frau Winkler
- Marianne Simson as Hilde Winkler
- Franz Stein as Christian Kröger
- Aribert Grimmer as Kommissar Krappien
Despite Nazi hostility to religion, a cynical piece of anti-Communist propaganda depicts the Communists as posting obscene anti-religious posters, and the Frisians as piously declaring that all authority comes from God.
The portrayal of Kommissar Tschernoff does not conform to the heavy-handed depiction of Communists as brutal and murderous in such films as Flüchtlinge; he is truly and passionately in love with Mette, and only with her death does he unleash his soldiers. A villager objects to the affair on the grounds that even though her mother was Russian, her father's Frisian blood "outweighs" foreign blood, and therefore she must not throw herself at a foreigner. Her murder is presented as in accordance with the Nazi principle of "race defilement."
Ban and reversal
After the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, in 1939, the film was banned; in 1941, after the invasion of Russia, it was reissued under its new title.
- "New York Times: Friesennot (1936)". NY Times. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema, pp. 39-40 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema, p. 40 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p40-1 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- Richard Grunberger, The 12-Year Reich, p. 384, ISBN 0-03-076435-1
- Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p. 41 ISBN 0-02-570230-0