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Der Kaiser Von Kalifornien (1936) Luis Trenker; Luis Trenker, Viktoria Von Ballasko
Der Kaiser Von Kalifornien (1936) Luis Trenker; Luis Trenker, Viktoria Von Ballasko


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This is a region-free DVD-R without case or artwork.

In German with English subtitles.

The Kaiser of California, better known as "The Emperor of California" (German Der Kaiser von Kalifornien), is a 1936 film that has the distinction of being the first western film made in Nazi Germany. Some exterior scenes were even shot on location in the United States at Sedona and the Grand Canyon in Arizona and at Death Valley in California.

The film follows the life story of John Sutter, or Johann Augustus Suter, the owner of Sutter's Mill, famous as the birthplace of the great California Gold Rush of 1848. While the basic story of Sutter's life is retained, the producers inserted some notable changes reflecting the political environment of the film's creation: though Sutter was a Swiss-German, the film emphasizes his German ethnicity and though he changed his name to John Sutter when he came to the United States, throughout the film he retains the name Johann Suter.

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3 of 5 Pretty good 'western' December 13, 2014
Reviewer: F. Hounder Clay from Reynoldsburg, OH United States  
The propaganda wasn't over-the-top. It didn't detract from the story telling at all. Tranker was a fine actor. If it were an American western, it could be described as understated. The genre usually has more action whereas this was more psychological. I was interested in the title more out of curiosity, but I was pleased that it was a better movie than I'd thought.

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