Gold (1934 film)
German theatrical poster for Gold
|Directed by||Karl Hartl|
|Written by||Rolf E. Vanloo|
|Music by||Hans-Otto Borgmann|
|Editing by||Wolfgang Becker|
|Running time||120 minutes|
Gold is a 1934 German science fiction film directed by Karl Hartl. The film involves a British scientist who is attempting to create a device that turns base materials into Gold. He later forces the German scientist's assistant Werner Holk (Hans Albers), who was working on a similar experiment, to come to his underwater nuclear reactor to help him.
Gold was made in both German-language and French-language films with Brigitte Helm reprising her role in both version of the film.
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In the United Kingdom, a British scientist is convinced that one can turn base materials into gold by using a giant underwater atomic reactor. A German scientist also works on a similar experiment but is killed by a mysterious explosion. His assistant Werner Holk (Hans Albers) is then taken in by the British scientist and forced to work on the project. The project eventually works but later malfunctions which leads to the British scientist to destroy his plant and all who remain in it. Holk manages to escape in the last minute with the alchemist's daughter Florence (Brigitte Helm) before a flood destroys the area.
Director Karl Hartl developed Gold after the international success of his previous science fiction film Der Tunnel. Gold was the studio Universum Film AG's superproduction of that time and reportedly took 14 months to shoot. Actor Hans Albers sued the production asking for nearly double his salary but lost the case. During this production time, a French-language version of the film was also made which kept Brigitte Helm as the lead actress but changed many of the supporting characters roles.
Gold premiered in Berlin at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo theater on March 29, 1934. The French-language version was shown on June 1, 1934. When the film was reviewed by the Allied Censorship boards after World War II, the viewers pondered whether German scientists had been able to build a nuclear reactor long before it was originally thought they did. Parts of the stock footage scenes in Gold were later used again in the 1953 American film The Magnetic Monster.
In 1934, the New York Times gave the film a positive review stating "So well is this mixture of pseudo science, love and near-love photographed that persons ignorant of German need have no fear of inability to follow the action of "Gold"" and "the audience is kept interested in the steps leading up to the dénouement, despite the inordinate length of the film."
- Hull, David Stewart (1969). Film in the Third Reich. University of California Press. Retrieved November 4, 2012.