On Location in Yugoslavia - The Poison Gas Battle at Ypres


Only rarely was a World War I movie so sneaky, dirty and mean as 'Fräulein Doktor', directed by Alberto Lattuada ('Mafioso').
Suzy Kendall (Fräulein Doktor) plays the drug addicted German spy with full dedication and very versatile.
Powered by morphine she seduces men, women and does everything for the good of her dangerous mission.
Fräulein Doktor is the eerie secret weapon of the Germans.
A fantastic role for Suzy Kendall ('Torso', 'Spasmo').
'Fräulein Doktor' is backed by a bunch of great Players, like Kenneth More, Nigel Green, James Booth or Capucine.
Produced by the Italian movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis and pimped up through the Yugoslavian 'Avala Film' with their 
Fund of experts and hardware.
Some tunes from the unique Ennio Morricone soundtrack support the surreal mood of the gloomy show perfectly.
The machine gun chops meat. 
Gas clouds waft out of your Television machine... what a movie!
Cinematographer Luigi Kuveiller ('New York Ripper) filmed some fine shots in the muddy trenches at Ypres (Yugoslavia).
Great production and set design, creepy special make up effects, 'Fräulein Doktor' is an excellent overall package.
This terrifying brilliant and cleverly constructed film is still not released on DVD.
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'Fräulein Doktor'.
Espionage...that begins with a kiss fires the fuse of the poison gas war.
8-9/10

Suzy Kendall on a German (left) and French Lobby Card.
Suzy is brilliant as devilish German spy.

The maid (Fräulein Doktor) makes herself comfortable...
Her weapon is her body, and Fräulein Doktor knows how to use it to gain the information necessary.
For her country.
Fräulein Doktor (German Lobby Card) seduces Dr. Saforet (Capucine) to get the formula for a new poison gas.
Dino de Laurentiis and director Alberto Lattuada have signed some great British actors for the show.
German Lobby Card of Nigel Green ('Deadlier than the Male', 'Play Dirty').
The excellent Ennio Morricone Score is a quite unusual and bizarre. 
With tunes like the 'Opening Titles' and 'The Poison Gas Battle a Ypres' (8:40) he completely leaves 
his usual frame. 
Really scary, with sound effects and machine gun salvos. Awesome!
You have to listen to this in the dark!
Many experts of 'Avala Film' ('Genghis Khan') worked for Dino and Director Alberto Lattuada (photo) on 'Fräulein Doktor'.
Special Effects boys, a Make-Up Crew, ...etc...etc...!
Fräulein Doktor sinks ships, steals secret formulas and kills wherever necessary.
The model miniature sequence with the sinking of the HMS Hampshire is quite effective.
The automatic miniature mines are very well done! A great show!
It is quite possible that these scenes were filmed in a water tank at Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica Studios (Rome).
Detailed information, photos, ... about this movie are hard to find!
The mines were brought into position by a German submarine - U-Boat Commander Gerard Herter.
Dino rented a Sub of the Yugoslavian Army for the live action scenes. 
Fräulein Doktor - Suzy Kendall. 
Disguised as a nurse she organized a Red Cross Hospital train and goes to the front to get first hand 
informations about the enemy ( troop movements etc.).
Kodak 35mm Slide.
I couldn't find exact informations about the Yugoslavian locations, but I think these scenes were all filmed near Belgrad (Serbia).
The steam locomotive (51 128) might be from Sombor (Serbia)?
'Fräulein Doktor' was filmed around of Belgrad (Yugoslavia), Budapest (Hungary) and in Rome (Dino de Laurentiis Studio).
Producer Dino de Laurentiis (left) and Director Alberto Lattuada (middle) on Set in Yugoslavia.
Director Alberto Lattuada (1914–2005) talks with Suzy Kendall, Olivera Katarina and Alexander Knox.
He explains General Peronne (Alexander Knox) how to hold the walking stick. 
Alberto Lattuada and Suzy Kendall.
The meticulously working Director Alberto Lattuada navigates his leading actress into the right position, 1967.
Fräulein Doktor - Suzy Kendall - Kodak 35mm Slide.
At the end, the morphine and a guilty conscience will begin to work on her.
Suzy Kendall relaxes during a break in filming 'Fräulein Doktor' on Set near Belgrad, 1967.
Olivera Katarina ('Mark of the Devil') and Suzy Kendall on Set.
Fäulein Doktor - Suzy Kendall, 1967. Kodak 35mm Slide.
Marchioness de Haro (O.Katarina) - Fräulein Doktor.
The Girls have fun on the Set.
Alberto Lattuada directs his Army ... with 2 signal pistols.
The Yugoslavian Crew prepares hundreds of dummies (life-size puppets) for the extremely captivating 
'Battle at Ypres' scenes.
The German Lobby Card on the right show some Extras (Allied Troops) awaiting a German attack.
The Germans release their new Poison gas (French/German Lobby Card) - a skin tissue-destroying gas!
(There is a disgusting scene where the Germans testing the gas on dogs and rats - Suspiciously real!?)
Well done smoke effects of the AVALA special effects crew.
The bombed and burnt landscape is perfectly prepared, what a great Set.
Director Alberto Lattuada wants more gas clouds (Smoke effects). He always has his favorite megaphone at hand! ...and a big toothpick?
When the diabolical Gas reaches the Allied Troops in their trenches, they panic because this new gas penetrates gas masks, 
and burns the skin that comes off with the touch.
Lattuada wants to see and capture real panic. He climbs into the trench with cinematographer Luigi Kuveiller.
Gas clouds float through the muddy trenches (excellent Set Design!).
A terrifying Sequence, brilliantly filmed!
French Lobby Card - The Allied Troops on the run.
The intensively working director shows what he wants to see: mortal agony!
The effect of the gas on the skin, which peels off in shreds, was first-class implemented by the 
Italian make up genius Otello Fava ('Diabolik', 'Faccia di Spia') and his Yugoslavian Make-Up Department.
Creepy!
With the gas clouds come the Germans.
The Riders of the Apocalypse.
French Lobby Card.
As the Allied Troops fly out of their trenches, the Germans pursue them wearing rubber clothes and their own 
gas masks, impervious to the gas. The horses are also covered with masks (what about their skin?).
Director Alberto Lattuada conjured up one of the most impressive Italian war films ever with 'Fräulein Doktor'.
Further down the ladder, the artworks are more modest.
You have to see that:
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'The corpse of a dead enemy always smells good!'

The next underrated movie treasure that we'll highlight is the surreal Sydney Pollack WW II movie 'Castle Keep'.
You will see very rare photos of the production of the movie! - Never published before!
A Special Story on the Art Direction and Set Design of 'Castle Keep'.
An exclusive look behind the scenes ...and so much more!
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