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The Golden City (1942)
"Die goldene Stadt" (original title)

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Anna Jobst is the daughter of a rich, conservative farmer. Living on the bank of the Moldau, she wishes nothing more than follow the river to Prague, the "Golden City". When her father ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Kristina Söderbaum ...
Anna 'Anuschka' Jobst - Melchiors Tochter, die von Prag träumt
Eugen Klöpfer ...
Melchior Jobst - Annas Vater, ein Bauer
Donata Opferkuch -Tonis Mutter (as Anni Rosar)
Dagny Servaes ...
Frau Tandler
Paul Klinger ...
Ingenieur Christian Leidwein
Emmerich Hanus
Kurt Meisel ...
Toni Opferkuch - Annas Vetter, der Anna verführt
Rudolf Prack ...
Großknecht Thomas - Annas Verlobte
Liselotte Schreiner ...
Wirtschafterin Maruschka
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ...
Ingenieur Nemerek (as Hans H. Schaufuss)
Frida Richard ...
Frau Amend
Inge Drexel ...
Magd Julie
Ernst Legal ...
Pelikan - ein Bauer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valy Arnheim ...
Wengraf - der Notar
Curt Cappi ...
Ein Bauer


Anna Jobst is the daughter of a rich, conservative farmer. Living on the bank of the Moldau, she wishes nothing more than follow the river to Prague, the "Golden City". When her father makes a journey, she actually breaks away against his declared will. In Prague, she stays with her aunt, soon to be seduced by her degenerate cousin. This cousin, however, looses interest when news reaches the city that her father has disinherited her. Pregnant and desperate, Anna decides to return home, but is turned away. Written by Kees van Leijenhorst

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25 December 1942 (Netherlands)  »

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Die goldene Stadt  »

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An extra 180,000 marks were added to the initial budget in order to film the new (unhappy) ending imposed by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, who thought Anna could not survive after "sullying the blood of her ancestors". Goebblels also ordered actor Joachim Gottschalk replaced by Paul Klinger. See more »


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Emotional and beautifully shot
2 June 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Emotional and beautifully shot, "Die goldene Stadt" was one of the biggest hits of German cinema in the forties, not only in Nazi-Germany, but all over Europe. It was Harlan's first feature film in Agfacolor and clearly his use of color is not as elaborate yet as in "Immensee" or "Opfergang", but still quite impressive, especially in Söderbaum's vision of the "golden city" and the finale on the moors. Söderbaum's acting has a natural and sometimes dreamlike quality - no doubt she was one of the stars of European cinema the camera really loved. There are some ideological undertones reflecting the political climate, but certainly not more than in Russian oder American films of that period.

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