Albert Schweitzer

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"His own intimate, revealing life story!"
  • Approved
  • 1957
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 6.3  (125)

Albert Schweitzer is a 1957 biographical drama film based on the life of the famous physician and philosopher, Albert Schweitzer. The film stars Burgess Meredith as the older Dr. Schweitzer, Fredric March as the younger Dr. Schweitzer, and Albert Schweitzer himself in his only film appearance. The film takes us through the life of Albert Schweitzer and his work as a humanitarian in Africa.

The movie starts with a young Albert Schweitzer pursuing his love of music and philosophy in Paris. He is haunted by the question of the meaning of life, and after studying the works of philosophers such as Kant and Schopenhauer, he decides to become a physician and dedicate his life to helping those in need.

Schweitzer travels to Africa to set up a hospital in a remote region of Gabon. He is accompanied by his wife, Helene, who is played by Anouk Aimée. The film shows the difficulties faced by Albert Schweitzer in setting up his hospital, including the lack of funding, equipment, and trained medical staff. Despite these challenges, he perseveres, and his hospital becomes a beacon of hope for the local people.

The movie portrays Schweitzer’s selfless dedication to his work and his patients. He sacrifices his own comforts to help those in need, treating patients with all kinds of ailments, from malaria to snake bites. He spends long hours performing surgeries, delivering babies, and administering medicine to those who need it.

The film also highlights Schweitzer’s love for animals and the environment. He is shown using his medical skills to treat injured animals and is deeply committed to preserving the natural world. He speaks out against the destruction of the rainforest and advocates for conservation efforts.

Albert Schweitzer’s life takes a dramatic turn when World War II breaks out. The movie depicts his anguish at being forced to leave his beloved Africa and return to Europe, where he is seen as a symbol of hope by his fellow French citizens. Schweitzer’s hospital in Gabon is destroyed during the war, but he continues to work tirelessly, speaking out against war and advocating for peace.

The movie ends with Schweitzer’s return to Africa after the war. He is welcomed back with open arms by the local people, who are overjoyed to see him return. The film shows us how Schweitzer’s work in Africa has transformed the lives of countless individuals and how his example of selflessness and dedication continues to inspire people all over the world.

In conclusion, Albert Schweitzer is a touching and inspiring movie that portrays the life and work of one of the most influential humanitarians of the 20th century. The film is beautifully made, with stunning cinematography that captures the beauty of Africa, and powerful performances by the cast, particularly Burgess Meredith and Fredric March. The movie’s message of love and compassion for all living beings is as relevant today as it was when Schweitzer was alive, and it remains a timeless example of what it means to live a life of service to others.

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    6.3  (125)