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The Star of Africa

 
Title: The Star of Africa
Original title: Der Stern von Afrika
Format: two hours
Starring: Joachim Hansen
Marianne Koch
Hansjoerg Felmy
Horst Frank
Peer Schmidt
Karl Lange
Werner Bruhns
Directed by: Alfred Weidemann
Produced by: Neue Emelka in association with Beta
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The Star of Africa

Born into a well situated family, Hans-Joachim Marseille quickly gains a reputation for being a fearless flyer, thanks to his daredevil tricks while at the Luftwaffe's flight school. He is fearless and uncompromising, something which repeatedly brings him into conflict with the authorities' iron code of discipline. After WWII breaks out, he gains glory and recognition as being an attack-loving ‘flying-devil'. A ravishing woman, Brigitte, falls in love with him, gives herself to him and tries, in a moment of openness, to convince him through carefully veiled words to desert. Marseille hesitates to do it – and perishes shortly thereafter when his parachute doesn't open.