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Operette (1940)

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 »


Willi Forst
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willi Forst ... Franz Jauner
Maria Holst ... Maria Geistinger
Dora Komar ... Emmi Krall
Paul Hörbiger ... Alexander Girardi
Leo Slezak ... Franz von Suppé
Edmund Schellhammer Edmund Schellhammer ... Johann Strauß
Curd Jürgens ... Karl Millöcker
Siegfried Breuer ... Fürst Hohenburg
Gustav Waldau Gustav Waldau ... Ferdinand - Emmis alter Lehrer
Theodor Danegger Theodor Danegger ... Tundler
Trude Marlen Trude Marlen ... Antonie Link
Viktor Heim Viktor Heim ... Hans Makart
Alfred Neugebauer ... Graf Esterhazy
Heinz Woester Heinz Woester ... Prof. Dr. Eichgraber
Ferdinand Mayerhofer Ferdinand Mayerhofer ... Dr. Molzer - Rechtsanwalt


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 quickly engaged by another theatre and will become famous for his lavish stage productions and fine acting of operettas, which start their golden age with Suppé and Strauss. Written by BSK

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Germany | Austria



Release Date:

4 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operetta See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ich heute ja so verliebt
Music Willy Schmidt Gentner
Sung by Elfie Mayerhofer
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30 March 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

It was in a 1963 interview that Willy Forst said that from 1938 onwards he made his most Austrian films. That is: he showed an Austria that had ceased to be, even as a fantasy.

Operette is a fine example. It has charm, tenderness and wit; it is galant and melancholic. Forst's directing is as always that of the light touch which gives the film a feeling of charm (though the influence of Karl Hartl is unclear to me). Of course Forst was helped by a very good script by his regular (co)writer Eggebrecht, that cleverly and plausibly romanticizes the lives of 3 main operetta composers.

It brought together 2 gentlemen of the German/Austrian cinema: Forst himself and Siegfried Breuer in main parts. The overall splendid cast includes Curd Jürgens who is almost unrecognizable. The music is played brilliantly by the Wiener Philharmoniker; the ballets and dances are graceful.

That is what film is about: to bring back alive an already dead fantasy.

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