Der 10. Mai

  • 93'
  • Switzerland
  • 1957

When Nazi Germany invaded the Benelux nations, Switzerland faced the question: what if we’re next? The answer is devastating.

Franz Schnyder was one of the most enigmatic masters of Swiss film. On the one hand, he became an epitome of conventional quality cinema due to his successful adaptations of local literary classics – on the other hand, certain higher-ups viewed him as something akin to an enemy of the state, partly due to this film that dared to show the nation as well-willing yet morally weak and not able to withstand a totalitarian threat.

And while Der 10. Mai might look at the past, there were also current affairs. The Hungarian Uprising of 1956 got Schnyder thinking about his fatherland: a country whose official anti-Communism had made it too authoritarian for liberal bourgeois comfort. A masterpiece of political cinema long available only in a revised edit, finally restored to its original glory.

Director
Franz Schnyder
Country of production
Switzerland
Production Year
1957
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Tenth of May
Language
German
Producers
Franz Schnyder, Lazar Wechsler
Production Company
Neue Film AG
Sales
Praesens-Film AG
Screenplay
Franz Schnyder, William Michael Treichlinger, Arnold Kübler
Cinematography
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet
Editor
Hans Heinrich Egger
Production Design
Max Röthlisberger
Sound Design
Kurt Hugentobler
Music
Robert Blum
Cast
Emil Hegetschweiler, Heinz Reincke, Linda Geiser, Hans Gaugler, Therese Giehse