Der 10. Mai

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Der 10. Mai

Der 10. Mai

Release Date: July 16, 1958

Year    :   1958
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Neue Film AG
Director    :   Franz Schnyder
Producers    :   Lazar Wechsler, Franz Schnyder
Writers    :   Franz Schnyder, Arnold Kübler, William Michael Treichlinger
RunTime    :   91 mins.

Der 10. Mai (The Tenth of May) was the date in 1940 that Hitler invaded the Low Countries: Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Neutral Switzerland, which hadn't experienced a war since the 14th century, hurriedly fortified its borders with battalions of inexperienced soldiers. The panic, confusion and isolated acts of courage which occurred on that fateful day are re-created in this Swiss docudrama. The story is "personalized" by concentrating on a fugitive German soldier (Heinz Reincke) who falls in love with the Swiss girl (Linda Geiser) who shelters him. Produced on a bare-minimum budget, Der 10. Mai is impressive more for its sincerity and raw energy than for its actual cinematic merits.


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