March of Millions

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March of Millions
Die Flucht
Genre World War II film
Written by Gabriela Sperl
Directed by Kai Wessel
Starring Maria Furtwängler
Jean-Yves Berteloot
Hanns Zischler
Frédéric Vonhof
Theme music composer Enjott Schneider
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
No. of episodes 2
Producer(s) Katrin Goetter, Nico Hofmann, Joachim Kosack, Sebastian Werninger
Running time 179 min (2 parts)
Budget €9 million
Original network ARD
Original release 4 March – 5 March 2007

March of Millions is the international English title of the multi-award-winning three-hour German television film Die Flucht (The Flight). The film stars Maria Furtwängler in the role of Lena Gräfin von Mahlenberg, the leader of a small convoy of refugees from East Prussia (including French and Russian prisoners of war and forced labourers) fleeing the advancing Red Army in the winter of 1944-1945, and trying to survive uprooted in Bavaria in the aftermath of World War II. When first broadcast by ARD in two parts, on 4 and 5 March 2007, it drew 13.5 million viewers.[1]

The production was reported to have cost €9m and to have employed over 2,000 extras.[2]

The film was controversial for portraying German war-time suffering during the Evacuation of East Prussia (although a number of German atrocities were also shown or mentioned), and led to adverse comment from a foreign-policy adviser to the Polish president of the time, fearful of potential German claims to lands or property in East Prussia lost during the War.[3]



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