In the Kameradschaft DVD, when a coal mine collapses on the frontier between Germany and France, trapping a team of French miners inside, workers on both sides of the border spring into action, putting aside national prejudices and wartime grudges to launch a dangerous rescue operation. Director G. W. Pabst brings a claustrophobic realism to this ticking-clock scenario, using realistic sets and sound design to create the maze of soot-choked shafts where the miners struggle for survival. A gripping disaster film and a stirring plea for international cooperation, Kameradschaft cemented Pabst’s status as one of the most morally engaged and formally dexterous filmmakers of his time.
Special Edition Features
.New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
.New interview with German film scholar Hermann Barth on the film’s production
.1988 interview with editor Jean Oser
.2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak on the historical context of the film
.New English subtitle translation
.An essay by author and critic Luc Sante and the 1930 story by Karl Otten on which the film is based