Robert Koch: The Battle Against Death

Robert Koch: The Battle Against Death

Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes (Original Title)

Country Dr. Robert Koch is desperate: a tuberculosis epidemic is decimating the children in his district and no one is able to do anything about it. Every fourth child is already sick and the parents must helplessly watch as their young ones die. Now Koch is undertaking to find the cause of the tuberculosis --- something he has already been working on for years --- which has been causing this plague of illness. His work is made more difficult by envy; for example, that of his teacher, who was wounded defending his honor. But his greatest obstacle is the famous Berliner scientist and Reichstag deputy, Privy Councilor Rudolf Virchow: He is extraordinarily skeptical of Koch's theory, that the cause for tuberculosis is a bacteria.

1h 53min
September 26, 1939
Additional materials

The Story of Louis Pasteur 1936

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Emile Jannings performance as Doctor Koch is excellent. Rudolph Virschow somewhat reminds me of a fraud and a publicity seeking showboat like Dr. Fauci.

I would like to draw your attention to one more thing. This movie is considered a German response to the 1936 American movie “The story of Louis Pasteur” directed by William Dieterle (German director!!!) and starring Paul Muni. It is not a bad movie in comparison with the other Hollywood junk. After “The story of Louis Pasteur” success, Dieterle was asked by shtetl Warner Brothers to direct several films which he did not like; That is what he said: "at Warners the moment you had a success they gave you something terrible to keep you from getting a swelled head." I have uploaded this movie so a viewer can draw a comparison.

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