A musician is offered a job in Vienna as stage director, but his disagreements with Maria, the aristocratic opera manager, end in abrupt firing in spite of a mutual attraction. He is ... See full summary »
Count Wolkersheim attends the 1815 Vienna Congress to negotiate,to the Countess joy. Political concerns and music mix in a waltzing city, their apparently opposite attitudes testing their love. Will she behave or will he learn to waltz?
Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the... See full summary »
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Several guests arrive during high season at the Weissen Rössl (White Horse) Inn, a picturesque Austrian inn by a lake. Josefa, the landlady, is willing to meet again one of them, lawyer Dr.... See full summary »
Aspiring singer Susanne takes over for ham actor Viktor at a small cabaret in Berlin where he works a woman impersonator and per chance she's discovered by an agent, who thinks that she ... See full summary »
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.
Best friends David and Philip have to end their love affair with their mistress Aimée which they - not knowing of each other - share, because they are going to marry their sweethearts Gaby and Viola. Of course Aimée will not accept her defeat. She interferes the engagement of Gabi and David, which lead to some turbulence and change of horses before they all end up in their honeymoon.Written by
Watching Willi Forst's wonderful screwball comedy - released at the time of the Berlin Olympics in 1936 - it's almost possible to imagine a 1930s Germany in which Nazism never happened. This is an elegant, fast-paced film drawing on some of the classiest comedy talent Germany had to offer at the time, and self-consciously modern, with its cocktails, ocean liners, racing car drivers and drop-dead art deco interiors. Anton Walbrook is suitably Errol Flynn-like as the handsome lady killer Phillip, while Heinz Ruehmann is for once overshadowed by his co-stars. It's the women who steal the show here, including the excellent Renate Mueller, who also starred in Viktor, Viktoria and habitually played modern, emancipated types. But the film belongs even more to Hilde Hildebrandt as the vampish Aimee, who better than anyone else in this ensemble piece knows how to camp it up to the max when necessary. The only mystery is why this film didn't come to the attention of Hollywood - and why Willi Forst's evident talent wasn't promptly snapped up by the US.
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