Die letzte Brücke (1954) AKA The Last Bridge


Dr. Helga Reinbeck is working as a nurse in Yugoslavia during World War II when she’s taken hostage by a group of rogue fighters. The nurse at first resists helping the guerrilla soldiers, who force her to care for their sick, but soon realizes it’s just as important to tend to these men as to her own people. When a German prisoner is brought to camp, he challenges her patriotism and, rattled by the charge, the nurse begins to question which side she should really be helping.

Director: Helmut Käutner. AKA The Last Bridge
Stars: Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki, Barbara Rütting, Carl Möhner, Pavle Mincic, Horst Hächler, Robert Meyn, Zvonko Zungul, Tilla Durieux, Fritz Eckhardt, Janez Vrhovec, Walter Regelsberger, Steffie Schwarz, Bata Stojanovic, Stevan Petrovic.

1954 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Grand Prize of the Festival.


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  1. JW
    April 27, 2019

    Another great, great add, Jon! Loving all these award winners and nominees. Thanks!

  2. Bob Verini
    April 27, 2019

    This is a magnificent movie no one should miss. Should also point out that the NY Times named it one of the ten best foreign films of 1957 (the year it opened domestically.)

    • Tiff
      April 28, 2019

      Very much a magnificent movie! Thanks for your dedication to rare films, Jon.

  3. Dan
    April 29, 2019

    Thanks, Jon. Wonderful film!

  4. Michael
    May 5, 2019

    Great film from Käutner. Maria Schell is outstanding.

  5. Lemmy
    May 6, 2019

    Some great stuff, Jon! Big thanks for this site!!!

  6. January 26, 2020

    I just can’t get enough of those foreign movies. Thanks Jon

  7. lars aanning
    March 7, 2022

    An acute dissection of patriotism and its finite boundaries….

  8. Aline Silva
    April 30, 2024

    Could you re-upload it?

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