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Abschied (1930)

Peter Winkler's new job offer is about to take him away from his lover Hella, but he has been keeping it a secret from her. Mutual lack of trust and vicious gossip threatens their relationship as they plan to make their farewells.


Robert Siodmak


Emeric Pressburger, Irma von Cube (as Irmgard von Cube)


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Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Horney ... Hella, retailer
Aribert Mog ... Peter Winkler, traveling salesman
Emilia Unda Emilia Unda ... Mrs. Weber
Konstantin Mic Konstantin Mic ... Bogdanoff
Frank Günther Frank Günther ... Neumann, master of ceremonies
Erwin Bootz ... Himself
Martha Ziegler Martha Ziegler ... Lina, maid-servant
Vladimir Sokoloff ... The Baron
Esmée Symon Esmée Symon ... 1st Lennox-Sister
Gisela Draeger Gisela Draeger ... 2nd Lennox-Sister
Marianne Mosner Marianne Mosner ... 3rd Lennox-Sister
Georg Nikolai Georg Nikolai
Erwin Splettstößer Erwin Splettstößer
Bruno Hoenscherle Bruno Hoenscherle
Daisy Rensburg Daisy Rensburg


Peter Winkler's new job offer is about to take him away from his lover Hella, but he has been keeping it a secret from her. Mutual lack of trust and vicious gossip threatens their relationship as they plan to make their farewells.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

25 August 1930 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Abschied - Ernstes und Heiteres aus einer Familienpension See more »


Box Office


$15,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first sound film to be made by UFA - and they made the most of it including sounds from almost everything possible, vacuum cleaners, telephones, clocks, passing traffic etc. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1931 Ufa re-released the film with a happy ending without the knowledge (or approval) of the director or writers. See more »


Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1999) See more »

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Flawed, but nevertheless interesting little movie
18 November 2015 | by El_JohnSee all my reviews

After his success with ''People on Sunday'', director Robert Siodmak made the first talking picture for UFA in quite a similar fashion. While ''People on Sunday' focuses on the life of four regular citizens of pre-war Germany during a Sunday and shows the love and pleasure of daily life, 'Abschied'' takes a more cynical approach and depicts a day in the life of mostly poor people who live in the same building with main focus on the couple Hella and Peter Winkler.

The main conflict arises when Hella finds out that her boyfriend wants to move out but hasn't told her anything about it. He then tells her that he got a job offer which would pay him enough money for them to be married. After this conflict is resolved, another emerges because of a misunderstanding and so on. This is more ore less how the movie plays out until it leads to a bittersweet ending.

Since this was the first sound film produced by the UFA, they had to experiment and used it at practically every instant they could, whether it was necessary or not. Because of this, the piano player, one of the few characters, felt shoe-horned in and didn't contributed anything to the film. This what the movie lacked in the first place: Developed characters, which is really a shame since the cast is small anyway and the whole film takes place in a confined space (one building) were most characters basically have to interact with each other.

The acting was fine for the most part, except for Aribert Mog, who played the main character Peter. His acting was atrocious in some scenes. Other weird decisions were the camera placement during a dialog between the couple, were the upper body of Peter completely covered Hellas face.

All in all it was a fine little movie with an interesting theme, nut also without it's flaws

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