Maria lives with her grandfather in a secluded fishing hut on Lake Constance where they barely survive on what the fishing grounds provide. The Bruckbergers' daughters from next door make ...
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Maria lives with her grandfather in a secluded fishing hut on Lake Constance where they barely survive on what the fishing grounds provide. The Bruckbergers' daughters from next door make things worse by scaring away the fish with their motorboat. But Hans, the son of a rich family, falls in love with Maria and tries to help her, although she is unsure if he can be trusted.
The plot is a simple romance, the scenery is fine but not well preserved by the film quality of the time. However, for fans of lederhosen, dirndles etc the costumes are wonderful as all the characters mostly wear traditional Alpine outfits and there is even a festival with all the traditional trimmings and headgear.
However, this film should not be overlooked and deserves credit mainly because of its score. Two of the original songs from the movie have gone on to become standards at Oktoberfests and other German celebrations: the title song "Die Fischerin Vom Bodensee" and "In Heaven there is no Beer" (the movie has the German language original). Few movies contribute any, or at most one, original song to a genre. These two are regularly played, indeed few sets of this type of music will be without at least one of them, even today, more than 60 years after the film was created. Undoubtedly millions of fans know and sing "In Heaven there is no beer!" without any idea of where it came from. They would enjoy the movie.
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