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The Story of Dida Ibsen (1918)

Dida Ibsens Geschichte (original title)
Dida Ibsen, daughter of impoverished farmers, has, according to her father's will, to marry the main creditor. But she refuses and decides to live with a married man as a mistress, till he ... See full summary »

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Anita Berber ...
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Erik Norrensen
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Philipp Galen
Emil Lind ...
Vater Ibsen
Clementine Plessner ...
Frau Ibsen
Ernst Pittschau ...
Eken Kornils
Eugen Rex ...
Lude Schnack
Ilse von Tasso-Lind ...
Dame
Maria Forescu ...
Dienerin
Loni Nest ...
Didas Tochter
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Dida Ibsen, daughter of impoverished farmers, has, according to her father's will, to marry the main creditor. But she refuses and decides to live with a married man as a mistress, till he gets his divorce. In the town she opens a restaurant with the money of her wealthy lover, from whom she soon gets pregnant, but their dreams of marriage fail, his wife refuses the divorce. After a while, she decides to marry one of the regular guests at her restaurant, van Galen, who spent quite some time in the tropics and because of this is at the brink of madness. Shortly after the marriage his condition worsens and life becomes hell for Dida. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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12 December 1918 (Germany)  »

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Dida Ibsens Geschichte
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A print of this film can be found at George Eastman House. I viewed it in 1990, and found it to be rather undistinguished. Krauss keeps Berber a prisoner in his home, where she is guarded by an alligator (!). Veidt is ineffective as the hero. The film is indifferently acted and blandly photographed, both characteristics of Richard Oswald's early productions. Oswald was a very prolific producer/director/writer who owned not only his own company but his own theater in Berlin as well! Consequently, his low-budget productions were seem by hundreds of thousands, and he is regarded as one of the minor leaders in silent German cinema. Only a handful of his films survive today, of which ANDERS ALS DIE ANDERN, UNHEIMLICHE GESCHICHTEN, and LUKREZIA BORGIA are the most well-known. Jay Salsberg


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