Bridge, The (1959): Bernhard Wicki’s Oscar Nominee from East Germany

Austrian filmmaker Bernhard Wicki directed The Bridge (Die Brücke), a West German film, based on the 1958 novel of the same name by journalist and writer Gregor Dorfmeister (published under the pseudonym Manfred Gregor).

Die Brücke
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Film poster

The story was based on an actual event, based upon the personal report of a surviving veteran who in his own youth experienced a similar situation in World War II.

The release of film was timely in West Germany, as the Bundeswehr had recently been created in 1955 with conscription in Germany beginning in 1956.

It received international prizes, notably the Golden Globe and the National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

However, the Oscar winner that year was the French entry, Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus.

Oscar Nominations:

Best Foreign Language Film (Federal Republic of Germany)

Oscar Awards:

The winner was “Black Orpheus.”