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Romanze in Moll (1943)

A grieving husband tries to uncover the truth behind his wife's suicide, leading him to discover a tragic tale of infidelity and redemption.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doorkeeper's wife
Karl Günther ...
Jeweler (as Carl Günther)
Eric Helgar ...
Michael's brother
Karl Platen ...
Michael's servant
Anja Elkoff ...
Walter Lieck ...
Tall man
Ernst Legal ...
Hard-of-hearing man
Hans Stiebner ...
Fat man
Hugo Flink ...
Klaus Pohl ...
Leo Peukert ...
Cafe proprietor


A grieving husband tries to uncover the truth behind his wife's suicide, leading him to discover a tragic tale of infidelity and redemption.

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25 June 1943 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Det gaadefulde Smil  »

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1.37 : 1
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Madeleine's husband: [Inquiring about the symphony performance] Is it over?
Madeleine: [Implying her hopeless situation] Yes... Yes, it really is all over.
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Beautifully made melodrama, based on a Maupassant story
8 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

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 Goebbles 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).

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