Die Nachtwache (1949)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 109 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Nacthwache (Keepers of the Night) was filmed on location in the Western Zone of Berlin. The scene is a religious hospital, where Pastor Heger (Hans Nielsen) constantly crosses swords with agnostic resident doctor Cornelia (Luise Ullrich). Despite their ideological differences, Heger falls in love with Cornelia, but she does not reciprocate. Before the film has faded from view, Heger suffers a crisis of faith when his daughter is killed in an accident. His reason for living is renewed when he rescues a would-be suicide. Nachtwache was the winner of the Golden Laurel Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

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doctor/nurse, faith, hospital, love, religion, rescue, suicide, suicide-attempt, unrequited