The Higher Command

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]

The Higher Command
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Directed byGerhard Lamprecht
Written by
Produced byBruno Duday
Edited byMilo Harbich
Music by
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 30 December 1935 (1935-12-30)
Running time
93 minutes

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. 277–278
  3. ^ Kreimeier p. 278


  • Kreimeier, Klaus (1999). The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-22069-0.

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