Next screening (last time but one) is one of Helmut Käutner’s (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick, Des Teufels General) master pieces
ROMANZE IN MOLL – ROMANCE IN A MINOR KEY
(1943, 93 min., dir. Helmut Käutner, starring Marianne Hoppe, Elisabeth Flickenschild, English subtitles)
DATE: 5 NOVEMBER
TIME: 5.00 p.m.
VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251
Though uncredited, the Maupassant story `Les bijoux’ was the inspiration for this poignant drama. In late 19th century France, the wife of a bookkeeper is is blackmailed by her husband’s boos after he discovers she is also the mistress of a famous composer. This beautifully made film has a sensitive delicacy that is unusual for Third Reich cinema. The cast – directed by the brilliant Helmut Käutner – is outstanding. Although Göbbels didn’t like this film very much, Käutner went on and made to other brilliant melodramas before the end of the war. He directed Hans Albers in the superb colour feature `Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7′ (1944) and helmed the equally brilliant `Unter den Brücken’ (1945).
Our last German Monday Film Show will be on 12 November screening the famous UFA-musical Der Kongress tanzt (starring Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch). As it is usual for the last film show we’ll have a bring & share.