Music director Lothar Bruhne
Genre Drama, War
Cinematography Franz Koch
Director Herbert B. Fredersdorf Marek Goldstein
Writer Israel Becker, Karl Georg Kulb
Release date September 1, 1948 (1948-09-01) (Germany) November 11, 1948 (1948-11-11) (US) March 18, 1949 (1949-03-18) (Israel)
Directors Herbert B. Fredersdorf, Marek Goldstein
Cast Bettina Moissi, Aleksander Bardini, Otto Wernicke, Paul Dahlke
Similar movies In Those Days (1947), Love 47 (1949), Bent (1997), Address Unknown (1944), The Ogre (1996)
Long Is the Road (German: Lang ist der Weg) is a 1948 German drama film directed by Herbert B. Fredersdorf and Marek Goldstein and starring Israel Becker, Bettina Moissi and Berta Litwina. The story examines the Holocaust from the perspective of a Polish Jewish family and a young man who is able to escape while being transported to a Concentration Camp. It was made during the summer of 1947. It was the first German-made film to directly portray the Holocaust (Morituri was released earlier but made later). It was made with the support of the United States Army Information Control Division.
A major aim of the film was to lobby for Jewish survivors still living in Displaced Persons (DP) camps to be allowed to emigrate to the British Mandate of Palestine. It drew a comparison between the plight of the Jewish population and the sufferings of other Europeans who had ended up in DP camps. This was partly done through the principal character's romantic relationship with Dora, a refugee whose ethnic origin is unclear but appears to resemble an eastern refugee.
The film employs a semi-documentary technique to tell its story. Many of its themes were similar to other German rubble films of the era, but it was notably different partly because of its advocacy of an optimistic, idealistic new world in Palestine. The film only ever went on a limited release, and by the time it received its German première, many inhabitants of the DP camps had been re-settled, with large numbers emigrating to the newly founded state of Israel.
ReferencesLong Is the Road (film) Wikipedia
Long Is the Road (film) IMDb