Tannenberg (film)

Directed by Heinz Paul
Produced by Lazar Wechsler
Written by Paul Oskar Höcker
Georg von Viebahn
Heinz Paul
Starring Hans Stüwe
Käthe Haack
Jutta Sauer
Hertha von Walther
Music by Ernst Erich Buder
Cinematography Georg Bruckbauer
Viktor Gluck
Distributed by UFA
Release dates
8 September 1932
Running time
105 min.
Country Germany
Language German

Tannenberg is a 1932 SwissGerman war film directed by Heinz Paul and starring Hans Stüwe, Käthe Haack and Jutta Sauer. The film is based on the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg during the First World War.[1] It focuses on a German landowner Captan von Arndt and his family.


It was shot on location in East Prussia and at UFA's Babelsberg Studios during the summer of 1932.[2] It cost over half a million reichsmarks to make and employed 8,000 people. The film focused on a notable German victory and was in sharp contrast to recent anti-war films such as Westfront 1918. Tannenberg served as a national symbol in Germany, and was re-issued in 1936 during the Nazi era.[3] The Producers made an effort to make the film as historically accurate as possible, and portrayed the Russian commanders respectfully.[4] It was due to be released on 26 August 1932, the eighteenth anniversary of the battle, but was delayed by the censors acting on a request from the German President Paul von Hindenburg who was unhappy with his portrayal in the film and the première was pushed back until certain scenes had been cut.[5]



  1. Kester pp. 112–113
  2. Kester p. 113
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