White slaves

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Original title White slaves
Country of production German Empire
original language German
Publishing year 1937
length 111 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Karl Anton
script Karl Anton,
Felix von Eckardt ,
Arthur Pohl
production Frank Clifford for Lloyd-Film Berlin
music Peter Kreuder ,
Friedrich Schröder
camera Herbert Körner
cut Ludolf Grisebach

White Slaves is a propaganda historical and film drama filmed in 1936. Directed by Karl Anton play Theodor Loos , Camilla Horn and Werner Hinz the leading roles.


Russia 1917. The country is fermenting, in Saint Petersburg revolutionary upheavals are rampant. But far from the centers of the gigantic empire, it has so far been quiet, including on the high seas. An armored cruiser has docked off Sevastopol , the young officers are eagerly awaiting their longed-for shore leave, which most of them want to use to visit girls after the long weeks on the high seas. The deck of the ship becomes a dance floor.

While the parties on board are boisterous, the revolutionaries are preparing the revolution in Sevastopol too. Behind the mask of the governor's servile servant, Boris, hides the conspiratorial, hateful head of the subversive. When the code word “guests are here!”, The revolutionaries strike. The sailors of the cruiser grab their rifles and point them at the defenseless and unsuspecting guests on board. Soon they also have the on-board cannons in their power and aim them at the defenseless city.

It wasn't long before Sevastopol was taken over by the red revolutionaries. The new masters cause a bloodbath, pillage, murder and celebrate their victory in the palace of the former governor. He, in turn, is a humiliated and broken man and vegetates in a back room of a tavern, saved from certain shooting death only through the use of his daughter. She, in turn, is most concerned about what happened to her lover during the revolutionary turmoil.

The former servant and now the new Soviet Commissioner also loves the governor's daughter, who has gone into hiding before his pursuits. Now that he's in charge, he no longer wants to do without the previously inaccessible woman of his life. A chance plays into his hands, and she has to surrender herself completely to him in order to save her loved ones from the hatred and revenge of the new, red masters.

Production notes

The film had the working title of Battleship Sevastopol .

White slaves , allegedly based on a factual report by Charlie Roellinghoff , had been conceived by the National Socialist film policy as a film-propagandistic answer to the legendary Soviet production Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein . It passed the film censorship (youth ban) on December 16, 1936 and was premiered on January 5, 1937.

The external shoots took place in Yugoslavia ( Split ) and on the armored cruiser Dubrovnik.

The buildings were designed by Erich Zander , while Alfred Stöger was Anton's assistant director.

In the USA, the film ran six months after its German premiere under the distribution title White Slaves .

White Slaves , advertised as "the great documentary film from Russia of the Kerensky Revolution", was very successful at the box office; it ran uninterruptedly in German cinemas until August 1939 and was only removed from the program as a result of the Hitler-Stalin Pact . With the start of the Barbarossa company in June 1941, white slaves were returned to German cinemas, this time under the new title Rote Beasts .

The Allied military authorities banned the film from being shown in Germany in 1945 due to strong anti-Soviet tendencies.


The film's large personal dictionary wrote in the biography of the director: Karl Anton "served the brown rulers with a crude anti-communist Nazi replica ... of the Soviet revolutionary film" Battleship Potemkin "".

The lexicon of international film called White Slaves a "large-scale, wild adventure painting."

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Bogusław Drewniak: The German Film 1938-1945: A Complete Overview . Droste, Düsseldorf 1987, ISBN 978-3-7700-0731-8 , pp. 346 .
  2. ^ Bogusław Drewniak: The German Film 1938-1945: A Complete Overview . Droste, Düsseldorf 1987, ISBN 978-3-7700-0731-8 , pp. 784 .
  3. Kay Less : The film's great personal dictionary . The actors, directors, cameramen, producers, composers, screenwriters, film architects, outfitters, costume designers, editors, sound engineers, make-up artists and special effects designers of the 20th century. Volume 1: A - C. Erik Aaes - Jack Carson. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-340-3 , p. 128.
  4. White slaves. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed November 4, 2016 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used