|Directed by||Peter Hagen|
|Produced by||Alfred Bittins (line producer)
Dr. Scheunemann (line producer)
Hermann Schmidt (producer)
|Written by||Werner Kortwich (writer)|
|Music by||Walter Gronostay|
|Editing by||W. Becker|
|Running time||97 minutes (Germany)|
The film is also known as Dorf im roten Sturm (German reissue title) and Frisions in Distress (USA).
Communists authorities are making life as difficult as possible for a village of Volga Germans in the Soviet Union, with taxes and other oppression. When Mette, a half-Russian, half-Frisian woman, becomes the girlfriend of Kommissar Tschernoff, the Frisians murder her and throw her body in the swamp. Open violence breaks out, and the Red Army soldiers are all killed; the villagers set fire to their village and flee.
- Friedrich Kayßler as Jürgen Wagner
- Helene Fehdmer as Kathrin Wagner
- Valéry Inkijinoff as Kommissar Tschernoff
- Jessie Vihrog as Das Mädchen Mette
- Hermann Schomberg as Klaus Niegebüll
- Ilse Fürstenberg as Dörte Niegebüll
- Kai Möller as Hauke Peters
- Fritz Hoopts as Ontje Ibs
- Martha Ziegler as Wiebke Detlevsen
- Gertrud Boll as Telse Detlevsen
- Maria Koppenhöfer as Frau Winkler
- Marianne Simson as Hilde Winkler
- Franz Stein as Christian Kröger
- Aribert Grimmer as Kommissar Krappien
Despite Nazi hostility to religion, a cynical piece of anti-Communist propaganda depicts the Communists as posting obscene anti-religious posters, and the Frisians as piously declaring that all authority comes from God.
The portrayal of Cherkov does not conform to the heavy-handed depiction of Communists as brutal and murderous in such films as Flüchtlinge; he is truly and passionately in love with Mette, and only with her death does he unleash his soldiers. A villager objects to the affair on the grounds that even though her mother was Russian, her father's Frisian blood "outweighs" foreign blood, and therefore she must not throw herself at a foreigner. Her murder is presented as in accordance with ancient Germanic custom for "race pollution."
Ban and reversal
- "New York Times: Friesennot (1936)". NY Times. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema, pp. 39-40 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema, p. 40 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p40-1 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
- Richard Grunberger, The 12-Year Reich, p. 384, ISBN 03-076435-1
- Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p. 41 ISBN 0-02-570230-0