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Die große Liebe (1942)

During a leave in Berlin, Lieutenant Paul Wendlandt, a young Luftwaffe pilot, falls for Anna Holberg, a famous singer, who returns his love. But in time of war it is hard to live on love ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grethe Weiser ...
Kaethe, Hannas Zofe
Viktor Staal ...
Oberleutnant Paul Wendlandt
Alexander Rudnitzky, Komponist
Oberleutnant Von Etzdorf
Hans Schwarz Jr. ...
Alfred Vanloo, Artist
Victor Janson ...
Leopold von Ledebur ...
Herr Westphal
Julia Serda ...
Frau Westphal
Paul Bildt ...
Unfreundlicher oberkellner
Erich Dunskus ...
Mann, der den Staffelhund mitbringt
Wilhelm Althaus ...
Fliegeroffizier Hauptmann Becker
Olga Engl ...
Alte dame im Mietshaus
Karl Etlinger ...
Mann mit den Eintrittskarten
Ilse Fürstenberg ...
Luftschutzwartin im Mietshaus


During a leave in Berlin, Lieutenant Paul Wendlandt, a young Luftwaffe pilot, falls for Anna Holberg, a famous singer, who returns his love. But in time of war it is hard to live on love only. The lovers keep being separated on account of Paul's missions and their intended marriage ceremony is constantly postponed. To cap it all, misunderstanding sets in between Paul and Anna. Will they ever become the happy couple they deserve to be? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 September 1942 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

The Great Love  »

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DEM 3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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German censorship visa # B.57295 delivered on 10-6-1942 (Jugendfrei). See more »


Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »


Davon geht die Welt nicht unter
Music by Michael Jary
Lyrics by Bruno Balz
Performed by Zarah Leander
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Zarah Leander is wonderful
3 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the party who wrote the review saying that the lyrics of the songs are smarter than the writer of them didn't know the history of them. The great Bruno Balz (of the team Bruno Balz-Michael Jary) wrote the lyrics from prison in Berlin. He was arrested for homosexual acts with a Hitler youth. Micheal Jary (and some say Balz' friend Zarah Leander) pleaded his case before Goebbels and Mr. Balz was released on the grounds that he was needed to write inspiring songs. He is not credited in the film. As for the film itself, there is a strong sense of camp. Just watching Leander in her furs is a thrill. And, yes, the songs live on. It is the story of an affair between a famous singer and an Airforce pilot (who must leave for the war) No one can suffer the way Zarah Leander does! And Grete Weiser as the maid brings howls of laughter as she often does. While the film isn't devoid of politics , those of us who hate the crimes of the Nazis can look to other aspects of this film and enjoy it.

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