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Heart of Stone (1950)

Das kalte Herz (original title)
Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner, lives with his mother in The Black Forest. Poverty prevents him from marrying Lisbeth, the girl he loves. When he comes across the Little Glass Man, the ... See full summary »

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Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Wilhelm Hauff (fairy tale), Marieluise Steinhauer (dramaturgue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lutz Moik Lutz Moik ... Peter Munk
Hanna Rucker ... Lisbeth
Paul Bildt Paul Bildt ... Glasmännlein
Paul Esser ... Ezechiel
Lotte Loebinger Lotte Loebinger ... Peter Munks Mutter
Alexander Engel Alexander Engel ... Lisbeths Oheim
Hannsgeorg Laubenthal Hannsgeorg Laubenthal ... Hannes
Karl Hellmer Karl Hellmer ... Meister Anton
Walter Tarrach Walter Tarrach ... Amtmann
Eva Probst Eva Probst ... Bärbel
Herbert Kiper Herbert Kiper ... Hochzeitslader
Erwin Geschonneck ... Holländer-Michel
Karl Heinz Deickert Karl Heinz Deickert ... Elias
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lieselotte Arnold Lieselotte Arnold
Helmut Bautzmann Helmut Bautzmann
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Storyline

Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner, lives with his mother in The Black Forest. Poverty prevents him from marrying Lisbeth, the girl he loves. When he comes across the Little Glass Man, the good spirit of the forest, the young man asks him for assistance. His wish is granted and he becomes rich. But the fool soon loses all his money after gambling at the inn. In desperation, he asks Dutch Michael, the evil spirit of the forest, to help him to become rich again. The mean giant agrees and gives Peter all the riches in the world, but on one condition: the young man will exchange his heart for a cold stone. He can now marry Lisbeth but can a heart of ice make you and the others happy...? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 December 1950 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda da Floresta See more »

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Budget:

DEM 3,200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in the spring and the summer of 1950. See more »

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Version of Legenda o ledyanom serdtse (1958) See more »

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THE COLD HEART was one of the first German color films after war
5 June 2008 | by G-I-KoshoferSee all my reviews

THE COLD HEART (DAS KALTE HERZ) was the first color feature after war in East Germany. At the same time (1950) SCHWARZWALDMÄDEL (GIRL OF BLACK FOREST) was also produced in color in Western Berlin and West Germany. Both films were photographed on Agfacolor negative film stock, which was manufactured by the Soviet occupied AGFA film factory in Wolfen, East Germany (later known under the trade mark ORWO). They had been excellent examples for Technicolor's competitor Agfacolor. The cinematographer of THE COLD HEART, Bruno Mondi, was well known for his rich experience with color. So he photographed all color features of the director Veit Harlan, starting with DIE GOLDENE STADT (THE GOLDEN CITY) in 1942, including also the propaganda movie KOLBERG (1944).


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