The Tunnel (1933 French-language film)

The Tunnel (French: Le Tunnel) is a 1933 French-German science fiction film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Jean Gabin, Madeleine Renaud and Robert Le Vigan. It was the French language version of the German film The Tunnel, with a different cast and some changes to the plot. Both were followed in 1935 by an English version. Such Multiple-language versions were common in the years immediately following the introduction of sound, before the practice of dubbing had come to dominate international releases. Germany and France made a significant number of films together at this time.

The Tunnel
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A poster advertising the film
Directed byCurtis Bernhardt
Written byBernhard Kellermann (novel)
Reinhart Steinbicker
Alexandre Arnoux
Curtis Bernhardt
StarringJean Gabin
Madeleine Renaud
Robert Le Vigan
Edmond Van Daële
Music byWalter Gronostay
CinematographyCarl Hoffmann
Edited byRudi Fehr
Bavaria Film
Vandor Film
Distributed byCiné France Films
Release date
15 December 1933
Running time
72 minutes

The film is an adaptation of Bernhard Kellermann's 1913 novel Der Tunnel about the construction of a vast tunnel under the Atlantic Ocean connecting Europe and America. The film's Jewish director Bernhardt had fled Germany following the Nazi takeover, but returned briefly to shoot exterior scenes after being granted special permission by the German government.[1]


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  1. ^ Phillips p.51


  • Phillips, Alastair. City of Darkness, City of Light: Émigré Filmmakers in Paris, 1929-1939. Amsterdam University Press, 2004.

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