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Amphitryon (1935)

Lamenting Thebian women are waiting for the men to come back from war. God Jupiter is attracted to one of them: Alkmene. He goes to earth and tries to seduce her as himself: an old man. ... See full summary »

Director:

Reinhold Schünzel

Writers:

Molière (play), Titus Maccius Plautus (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willy Fritsch ... Jupiter / Amphitryon
Paul Kemp ... Götterbote Merkur / Diener Sosias
Käthe Gold ... Amphitryons Gemahlin Alkmene
Fita Benkhoff ... Andria
Adele Sandrock ... Jupiters Gemahlin Juno
Hilde Hildebrand ... 1. Freundin Alkmenes
Vilma Bekendorf Vilma Bekendorf ... 2. Freundin Alkmenes
Annie Ann Annie Ann ... 3. Freundin Alkmenes
Hilde Boenisch Hilde Boenisch ... 4. Freundin Alkmenes
Ewald Wenck Ewald Wenck ... Dr. Äskulap
Aribert Wäscher Aribert Wäscher ... Thebener Kriegsminister
Ellen-Ruth Knapp-Güttingen Ellen-Ruth Knapp-Güttingen ... 1. Thebener Ehefrau (as Ellen Ruth Güttingen)
Annemarie Korff Annemarie Korff ... 2. Thebener Ehefrau
Liesl Otto Liesl Otto ... 3. Thebener Ehefrau
Annemarie Schwindt Annemarie Schwindt ... 4. Thebener Ehefrau
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Lamenting Thebian women are waiting for the men to come back from war. God Jupiter is attracted to one of them: Alkmene. He goes to earth and tries to seduce her as himself: an old man. Failing in this, he disguises himself as Amphitryon (Alkemene's husband) and tries again. Next morning Amphitryon and his men come back from war; he suspects adultery and wants a divorce. Jupiter's wive Juno now also comes to earth and clears things up. Written by jan onderwater <jan.onderwater@wxs.nl>

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 July 1935 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Amphitryon - Happiness from the Clouds See more »

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Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate-language version of Les dieux s'amusent (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich muß mal wieder was erleben
Lyrics by Bruno Balz
Music by Franz Doelle
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LAST UFA ELEGANCE AND WIT
6 January 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

This is one of the last productions in the UFA style at the beginning of the 30s, originally planned as an Erich Pommer production. The productions values are still here, but Pommer had already left for the U.S.A. The sets are fabulous, the dialogue is great (and very funny) and the cast is outstanding (note e.g. Willi Fritsch, showing that he can do more than just smile; and Adele Sandrock). This is Schuenzel's masterpiece: his direction is elegance itself. [Of course Schunzel is also know for the very fine VIKTOR UND VIKTORIA, source for VICTOR/VICTORIA by Blake Edwards.] Many sources claim that contemporary German audience recognized the - concealed - Goering parody and other references to the present situation. After some hesitation the showing of the film was allowed by the ProMi (=Goebbels): it also recognized the Goering parody. The film became a great success. This film should be an international classic; and Schunzel a more known director.


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