The Higher Command

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The Higher Command
Directed by Gerhard Lamprecht
Produced by Bruno Duday
Written by Kurt Kluge
Karl Lerbs
Philipp Lothar Mayring
Starring Lil Dagover
Karl Ludwig Diehl
Heli Finkenzeller
Friedrich Kayßler
Music by Werner Eisbrenner
Hermann Schulenburg
Cinematography Robert Baberske
Curt Courant
Edited by Milo Harbich
Distributed by UFA
Release date
30 December 1935
Running time
93 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

The Higher Command (German:Der höhere Befehl) is a 1935 German historical film directed by Gerhard Lamprecht and starring Lil Dagover, Karl Ludwig Diehl and Heli Finkenzeller. During the Napoleonic Wars, a Prussian army officer assists a British diplomat to construct an alliance to defeat Napoleon's France.[1]

It was produced around the time of the Anglo-German Naval Agreement when the German government were still optimistic about forming an alliance with the British and saw the film as a way of recalling the historic Anglo-Prussian partnership in liberating Europe from Napoleon.[2] The film was praised by the Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels as "a national and engrossing film".[3]

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  1. ^ Kreimeier p.277
  2. ^ Kreimeier p.277-78
  3. ^ Kreimeier p.278


  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945. University of California Press, 1999.

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