Towers of Silence (film)

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Original title Towers of Silence
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1952
length 93 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Hans Bertram
script Walter Ulbrich
Hans Bertram
production Jochen Genzow
music Herbert Trantow
camera Werner Krien
cut Gertrud Hinz

Towers of Silence is a German fiction film in black and white from 1952 by Hans Bertram . He wrote the script himself together with Walter Ulbrich . The leading roles are cast with Frits van Dongen , Gisela Uhlen and Carl Raddatz . The film first hit the cinemas on October 23, 1952.


In Damascus , the Dutch pilot de Vries met Helen Morrison, the beautiful young wife of the archaeologist Robert Morrison. De Vries sees the lady lose a piece of jewelry and takes it. Because he is fascinated by Helen, he brings the jewelery to her personally at her residence, 250 km away, in the hope of winning their friendship. The apartment is located in Palmyra , very close to the so-called "Valley of Death", where, according to legend, the tomb of Queen Zenobia , which is furnished with precious treasures, is also to be found. Robert Morrison set himself the goal of finding the grave, but not out of scientific curiosity, but only to get rich. Helen is not enthusiastic about this plan. Therefore, the new acquaintance is just right for her.

But there is one other person who wants to desecrate the grave: the uninhibited and brutal adventurer Poolman, and even Pelli, Morrison's assistant, is not afraid to stab his master in the back when he can expect an advantage of his own.

Helen separates from her husband. In Amsterdam she finds a job as an office worker. A few months later she meets de Vries again in this town. The joy of the two at the reunion is somewhat clouded, however, when suddenly Poolmans appears and Helen reveals that her husband and Pelli had managed to track down Zenobia's grave. But Pelli revealed this secret to Poolmans.

A bitter race for the coveted treasure ensues between the rivals. Independent of each other, everyone in Europe succeeds in getting financial circles interested in the company. Again Morrison makes his way to the Orient, accompanied by Helen. But because she fears that her husband might get carried away with being rash, she secretly takes his gun. Shortly before the start of the plane at Schiphol Airport - de Vries is scheduled to be the pilot - there is a violent argument between Morrison and Poolmans. Helen saves her husband's life. Now he realizes what he has lost in Helen. In a fit of excessive jealousy, he devises a plan to eliminate his rival de Vries for good. At the foot of the Towers of Silence , near the Queen's tomb, the men have a final argument. De Vries emerged as the winner. He returns home with Helen.


The exterior shots were taken at the original locations of the action: in Amsterdam, in the Scheveningen district of The Hague , in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport and in the oriental cities of Damascus and Palmyra. The buildings were designed by the film architects Max Mellin and Arne Flekstad .


The lexicon of international film draws the following conclusion: "With shots from the Orient disguised, less gripping German adventure film."


Program for the film: Das Neue Film-Programm , published by H. Klemmer & Co., Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, without a number

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Individual evidence

  1. Lexikon des Internationale Films, rororo-Taschenbuch No. 6322 (1988), p. 3910