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Der alte und der junge König

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Der alte und der junge König
The Old and the Young King

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Der alte und der junge König is a German historical film by Hans Steinhoff in 1935.

The film ostensibly deals with the intense conflict between Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I and his son and heir, Crown Prince Friedrich - the future King Friedrich II "The Great". This is a well-known incident of 18th Century German history, which had drawn much public attention in the time itself, and been artistically treated before.

The film was banned by the Allied military government following the Nazi defeat in 1945.

1935 - Der alte und der junge Konig - Friedrich des Großen Jugend.avi (659.45 MB)
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Cast

    Emil Jannings: King Friedrich Wilhelm I
    Leopoldine Konstantin: Queen Sophie
    Werner Hinz: Crown Prince Friedrich
    Carola Höhn: Crown Princess
    Marieluise Claudius: Princess Wilhelmine
    Claus Clausen: Lieutenant Katte
    Friedrich Kayßler: Katte's Father
    Georg Alexander: The Margrave of Bayreuth
    Walter Janssen: von Natzmer
    Theodor Loos: von Rochow
    Heinrich Marlow: Grumbkow
    Fritz Odemar: Hotham
    Rudolf Klein-Rogge: Dessauer
    Leopold von Ledebur: von Waldow
    Friedrich Ulmer: von Reichmann
    Harry Hardt: von Seckendorff
    Luise Morland: Frau von Kamecke
    Emilia Unda: Frau von Ramen
    Ruth Eweler: Frl. von Sonsfeld
    Eugen Rex: Eversmann
    Ellen Frank: Countess (Gräfin) Arnim
    Paul Henckels: Pesne
    Hans Leibelt: Knobelsdorf
    Walter Steinbeck: Kaiserlingk
    Hadrian Netto: First Usurer
    Egon Brosig: Second Usurer

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Plot

The film opens at Potsdam in the time of "The Soldier's King" Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia, with the Royal Family sitting at the breakfast table. It turns out that Crown Prince Friedrich, informally called "Fritz", had lost so much money at the gaming tables that he had to sign debentures. Members of the grenadier regiment had seen the crown prince appearing late in a wretched state, which greatly angers his father. The King would like to prepare his son for the future role as a ruler, and regards his preoccupation with music and literature with big displeasure.

Fritz, for his part, is infuriated with the austere treatment by his father and hatches a plan to flee Prussia and get to France and England, where he expects a welcome from his mother's family. His companion Katte would like to help him in this plan. However, being a second lieutenant bound by his officer's code, he at first declines.

The father-son conflict further escalates when Fritz accumulates even heavier gambling debts than those which the King already had to pay off before. To King insults the Crown prince, calling him "a liar and coward" and puts him under arrest. In the barracks he is forbidden to engage in his beloved flute playing, nor read French literature.

At night the King returns earlier than usual and surprises the Crown Prince together with his sister Wilhelmine, playing the flute in the music room. Katte, who was also present, manages to hide just in time. The angry King throws Fritz's books and flute into the open fire and orders the Crown Prince to accompany him on a trip to South Germany. Fritz, more than ever determined on his escape plan, can after this incident count also on Katte's support.

However, the escape fails, and both the Crown Prince and Second Lieutenant Katte are condemned by a court martial to custody at the fortress of Küstrin. Indeed, the King goes much further, arbitrarily changing the judgement against Katte into capital punishment and insisting on having him actually executed.

The Crown Prince submits to the King's authority and is moved to better quarters in a palace. Nevertheless, in a visit by the King it is evident that the relationship between father and son is still very chilly and they are estranged. Fritz who in the meantime has proved his "character" is now given his own household at Rheinsberg Castle, where he can follow again his artistic inclinations.

Still, reconciliation between the estranged father and son does come about, shortly before the death of the King. The last words of the Old King to the Young are: "Make Prussia great!". (The audience, aware of basic elements of German history included in their school curriculum, know that Friedrich would duly proceed to do just that.)

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