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Classic 1931 adaptation of Eric Kastner’s much-loved children’s book.

Classic 1931 adaptation of Eric Kastner’s much-loved children’s book.

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When young Emil is sent to Berlin by his mother, the money he is carrying to give to his grandmother is stolen by a sinister man on the train. Once in Berlin, Emil follows the thief and enlists the help of a gang of youngsters – ‘the detectives’ – to help retrieve the stolen money.

This classic 1931 German adaptation of Eric Kastner’s much-loved children’s book was written by Kastner himself in collaboration with the legendary Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment) and an uncredited Emeric Pressburger (A Matter of Life and Death, Red Shoes). Emil and the Detectives was one of the first German sound films, and provides a fascinating glimpse of Berlin before Nazism and the Second World War.

When young Emil is sent to Berlin by his mother, the money he is carrying to give to his grandmother is stolen by a sinister man on the train. Once in Berlin, Emil follows the thief and enlists the help of a gang of youngsters – ‘the detectives’ – to help retrieve the stolen money.

This classic 1931 German adaptation of Eric Kastner’s much-loved children’s book was written by Kastner himself in collaboration with the legendary Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment) and an uncredited Emeric Pressburger (A Matter of Life and Death, Red Shoes). Emil and the Detectives was one of the first German sound films, and provides a fascinating glimpse of Berlin before Nazism and the Second World War.

Extras

  • Emil and the Detectives (Milton Rosmer, 1935, 60 mins): once considered to be a lost film, this rare British adaptation, set on the streets of London, has been newly transferred from the only surviving film elements
  • Fully illustrated booklet with original promotional material, and new essays by Bryony Dixon, Caren Willig and Children's Laureate Michael Rosen

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673009819
Catalogue Number BFIV981
Subtitle A film by Gerhard Lamprecht
Product contents
  • Emil and the Detectives (Milton Rosmer, 1935, 60 mins): Rare 1935 British adaptation, set on the streets of London, newly transferred from the only surviving film element.
  • Fully illustrated booklet with original reviews and new essays by
Year 1931
Director Lamprecht, Gerhard
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Germany
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black/white
Sound Sound
Subtitles English
Language(s) German
Running time 69
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate Exempt

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