Die Entlassung

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Die Entlassung
Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Produced by Emil Jannings (producer)
Fritz Klotsch (line producer)
Walter Lehmann (executive producer)
Written by Alexander Lernet-Holenia (story)
Curt J. Braun
Felix von Eckardt
Starring See below
Music by Herbert Windt
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Edited by Martha Dübber
Release date
Running time
110 minutes
100 minutes (West Germany cut version)
Country Nazi Germany
Language German

Die Entlassung (English title: The Dismissal) is a 1942 German film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner about the dismissal of Otto von Bismarck. It was one of only four films to receive the honorary distinction "Film of the Nation" ("Film der Nation") by the Reich Propaganda Ministry Censorship Office.[1]

The success of the 1940 film Bismarck led to this film as a sequel.[2]

The film is also known as Bismarck's Dismissal in the United Kingdom, Schicksalswende (West German rerun title) and Wilhelm II. und Bismarck (new West German title).

Plot summary[edit]

The film shows Bismarck being dismissed by Wilhelm II of Germany and the dilettantes who surround him.[3] An unscrupulous schemer plays on the king's desire to lead and so persuades him to the dismissal.[4] This results in a disastrous two-front war by destroying Bismarck's treaty with Russia and leaving him to lament with the question of who would complete his work.[3]



Release and reception[edit]

The war with Russia delayed its release, and it was not exported, owing to the obvious parallels.[5]


Much emphasis was laid on Bismarck's notion of Greater Germany.[5] His failure was depicted as leading to Versailles.[6]


  1. ^ SabineHake, German National Cinema, p. 63
  2. ^ Robert Edwin Hertzstein, The War That Hitler Won p305 ISBN 0-399-11845-4
  3. ^ a b Robert Edwin Hertzstein, The War That Hitler Won p305-6 ISBN 0-399-11845-4
  4. ^ Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p120 ISBN 0-02-570230-0
  5. ^ a b Robert Edwin Hertzstein, The War That Hitler Won p306 ISBN 0-399-11845-4
  6. ^ Erwin Leiser, Nazi Cinema p119 ISBN 0-02-570230-0

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