Canaris (film)

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Directed by Alfred Weidenmann
Produced by Emile J. Lustig
Written by Erich Ebermayer
Herbert Reinecker
Starring O.E. Hasse
Barbara Rütting
Adrian Hoven
Martin Held
Music by Siegfried Franz
Cinematography Franz Weihmayr
Edited by Ilse Voigt
Distributed by Europa-Filmverleih
Release dates 30 December 1954
Running time 112 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Canaris is a 1954 West German drama film directed by Alfred Weidenmann and starring O.E. Hasse, Barbara Rütting and Adrian Hoven. It portrays real events during the Second World War when Wilhelm Canaris the head of German military intelligence was arrested and executed for his involvement with the 20 July Plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler. The film was a major success at the German box office, possibly because it allowed audiences to identify with a heroic German figure disassociated from Nazism.[1] It is also known by the alternative title Canaris Master Spy.

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  1. ^ Hake p.96-97


  • Hake, Sabine. German National Cinema. Routledge, 2002.

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