Der Ruf (1949) AKA The Last Illusion / The Calling


A Jewish university professor returns from exile following the end of the Second World War. His hopes of rebuilding a new Germany are undermined by the continuing antisemitism of his colleagues and students.

Director: Josef von Báky. AKA The Last Illusion / The Calling
Stars: Fritz Kortner, Fritz Kortner, Rosemary Murphy, Lina Carstens, William Sinnigen, Michael Murphy, Ernst Schröder, Paul Hoffmann, Arno Assmann, Charles Regnier, Harald Mannl, Friedrich Domin, Hans Fitze, Otto Brüggemann, Fritz Benscher.

1949 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Grand Prize of the Festival.


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  1. Tony Williams
    May 25, 2020

    Thank you for showing this. I’ve been wanting to see it in a subtitled version for years and was not disappointed. Based on story and screenplay by Kortner, it is a poignant rendition of a homeward journey in the immediate post-war years, revealing tensions, but holding out faint hope for the future. This is one of the most interesting examples of post-war German cinema before entertainment and escapism took over.. ,

  2. Jane F Walsh
    May 29, 2022

    Loved the movie. My uncle played Spencer . His name is Michael J Murphy.

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