Der Stern von Afrika (Star of Africa) is the true story of German WWII hero Hans-Joachim Marseille. Joachim Hansen stars as Marseille, ace pilot of the German Luftwaffe. The obligatory (and probably fictional) romantic subplot is provided by Marianne Koch (who acted in the U.S. as Marianne Cook), cast as a winsome schoolteacher who falls in love with the dashing Teutonic flyboy. It is worth noting that there are no allusions to Hitler or Nazis in Der Stern von Afrika -- no mean feat, considering the subject matter. The exciting aerial sequences were staged with the cooperation of the Spanish Air Force.
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