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Embezzled Heaven (1958)

Der veruntreute Himmel (original title)
This is a story of human struggle for eternal happiness. Teta Linek, a cook at a noble Austrian family Argan, thinks primarily of ways to achieve heavens in the afterlife. In the hope of ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teta Linek
Kaplan Seydel
Vilma Degischer ...
Livia Argan
Rudolf Vogel ...
Kurt Meisel ...
Lotte Lang ...
Frau Linek
Jane Tilden ...
Frau Fleissig
Edith Elmay ...
Ulla Moritz ...
Fred Liewehr ...
Leopold Argan
Kurt Heintel ...
Pfarrer von Hustopec
Minister a.D.


This is a story of human struggle for eternal happiness. Teta Linek, a cook at a noble Austrian family Argan, thinks primarily of ways to achieve heavens in the afterlife. In the hope of merciful acts, she helps her nephew, Mojmir, become a priest and sends him a lot of money for years. The problem is, however, that she does not meet him for a long time. But once, when he writes to her about his graduation in seminar, Teta, in her naiveness, travels to Hustopec to help him on his first parish. There, the truth is revealed - Mojmir is not a priest, lives in Prague, and spends the money on something entirely different. Teta starts to blame herself for naiveness and selfishness in heading for her personal happiness. In her despair, she pilgrims to Rome where she hopes to get a redeeming blessing from the Pope. To her relief, the whole group takes part in the audience at Pius XII. Soon after, Teta falls ill and having been rewarded by the Holy Father, she dies full of hope to get a ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

23 April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Embezzled Heaven  »

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(Perfectone Klangfilm)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Beautiful, sentimental movie
27 March 2004 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

DER VERUNTREUTE HIMMEL is one of the films that Ernst Marischka directed after SISSI trilogy. This time, he based his film on the novel by Franz Werfel, famous for THE SONG OF BERNADETTE. The movie, though old, has a very universal content and its basic message is salvation and human struggle for right deeds.

When I saw this movie, I must admit that I absolutely loved it. The story of Teta Linek, though may seem quite naive, is very touching. We are all led to illusion by some events in our lives that later turn out not to be true and disappoint us. Having been told lies for twenty years, Teta finally finds out the truth about her nephew Mojmir. I felt empathy with her throughout the movie. Annie Rosar, one of the best Austrian actresses of that time, was incredible in this role - GREAT ACTING, MARVELOUS PERFORMANCE!

DER VERUNTREUTE HIMMEL remained in my heart thanks to other factors as well, particularly, very good cast! Except for already mentioned Annie Rosar, Vilma Degischer, famous archduchess Sophie in Sissi trilogy, gives a memorable performance as Livia Argan; Hans Holt, a very good Austrian actor who played in the Viennese theaters, performs wonderfully as the priest; gorgeous Lotte Lang who was the symbol of Austrian comedy in post war period, portrays Mojmir's mother authentically and lively; and, without doubt, Kurt Meisel shines in his role as Mojmir portraying his unstable character combined with selfish "ego-propaganda".

However, the most important fact about this movie is the moment in the second half. Any viewer will be absolutely surprised. The pope Pius XII (pontiff 1939-1958) himself takes part in the film. The real audience is shot, which was very rare for 1958. Then, the pope was closed in Vatican City for most of his pontiff. This is the scene that makes this movie worth watching for. REALLY INCREDIBLE!

I would recommend everyone to see this movie at least once. IF YOU ARE FED UP WITH VIOLENCE, MURDER AND EXAGGERATED SEX IN THE MOVIES, THIS FILM IS REALLY FOR YOU. 9/10

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