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Marriage in the Shadows (1947)

Ehe im Schatten (original title)
Set during the rise of the Nazi regime, Marriage in the Shadows is modeled after the tragic true story of Meta and Joachim Gottschalk. In the film, Elisabeth Maurer and Hans Wieland enjoy ... See full summary »

Director:

Kurt Maetzig

Writers:

Hans Schweikart (novel), Kurt Maetzig
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Klinger ... Hans Wieland
Ilse Steppat ... Elisabeth Maurer
Alfred Balthoff Alfred Balthoff ... Kurt Bernstein
Claus Holm ... Dr. Herbert Blohm
Willy Prager Willy Prager ... Dr. Louis Silbermann
Hans Leibelt ... Fehrenbach
Lothar Firmans Lothar Firmans ... Staatssekretär
Karl Hellmer Karl Hellmer ... Gallenkamp
Liselotte Lieck Liselotte Lieck ... Frau Hallwig (as Lotte Lieck)
Gerda Mallwitz Gerda Mallwitz ... Ruth Hallwig (as Gerda Malwitz)
Walter Werner Walter Werner ... Herr Hofbauer
Alfred Maack Alfred Maack ... Voß
Hilde von Stolz ... Greta Koch
Lilo Nowka Lilo Nowka ... Dita Seiler
Rudolf Lenel Rudolf Lenel ... Bühnenbildner Tornow
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Set during the rise of the Nazi regime, Marriage in the Shadows is modeled after the tragic true story of Meta and Joachim Gottschalk. In the film, Elisabeth Maurer and Hans Wieland enjoy successful careers as actors in Berlin; Elisabeth in particular is adored by the public. Confident in her career, Elisabeth, who is Jewish, ignores the advice of a colleague to leave Germany in the face of increasing anti-Semitism. When Nazi influence on the theater's management grows, Elisabeth is forbidden from performing. Believing that he can protect her if she becomes his wife, Hans convinces Elisabeth to marry him. In the following years, as Hans's career thrives, Elisabeth awaits the end of the Nazi terror which bars her from public life. When the situation worsens in 1938 with the Kristallnacht pogrom, Elisabeth decides to leave the country, but Hans, who still believes he can protect her, convinces her to stay with him. Eventually Elisabeth is scheduled to be deported; instead of accepting ... Written by DEFA Film Library

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Her Only Crime Was Being Jewish...His Was a Love Forbidden by the Nazis

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 June 1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Based on the life of German actor Joachim Gottschalk, who committed suicide with his wife and nine-year-old son in 1941. See more »

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One of the great Holocaust films
23 July 2000 | by FredDaviesSee all my reviews

Brecht thought this was pure kitsch, but it is interesting that this melodrama, based on a true story, together with Jakubowska's The Last Stage (Ostani Etap 1948) were the first immediate post war filmic reactions to the suffering of the Jews at the hands of the Nazis and came from Communist East Europe. Sadly these are extremely difficult to get to see. There are of course elements of propaganda for the Russians as 'liberators' but only with the TV mini series 'Holocaust' and of course 'Schindler's List' did these issues very belatedly get addressed by Hollywood.


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