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Embezzled Heaven (1958)

Der veruntreute Himmel (original title)
This is a story of human struggle for eternal happiness. Teta Linek, a cook at a noble Austrian family Argan, thinks primarily of ways to achieve heavens in the afterlife. In the hope of ... See full summary »

Director:

Ernst Marischka

Writers:

Franz Werfel (novel), Ernst Marischka
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Rosar ... Teta Linek
Hans Holt ... Kaplan Seydel
Viktor de Kowa ... Theo
Vilma Degischer ... Livia Argan
Kai Fischer ... Mascha
Rudolf Vogel Rudolf Vogel ... Kompert
Kurt Meisel ... Mojmir
Lotte Lang Lotte Lang ... Frau Linek
Jane Tilden ... Frau Fleissig
Christine Kaufmann ... Doris
Edith Elmay ... Elli
Ulla Moritz Ulla Moritz ... Mizzi
Fred Liewehr Fred Liewehr ... Leopold Argan
Kurt Heintel Kurt Heintel ... Pfarrer von Hustopec
Ernst Nadherny ... Minister a.D.
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This is a story of human struggle for eternal happiness. Teta Linek, a cook at a noble Austrian family Argan, thinks primarily of ways to achieve heavens in the afterlife. In the hope of merciful acts, she helps her nephew, Mojmir, become a priest and sends him a lot of money for years. The problem is, however, that she does not meet him for a long time. But once, when he writes to her about his graduation in seminar, Teta, in her naiveness, travels to Hustopec to help him on his first parish. There, the truth is revealed - Mojmir is not a priest, lives in Prague, and spends the money on something entirely different. Teta starts to blame herself for naiveness and selfishness in heading for her personal happiness. In her despair, she pilgrims to Rome where she hopes to get a redeeming blessing from the Pope. To her relief, the whole group takes part in the audience at Pius XII. Soon after, Teta falls ill and having been rewarded by the Holy Father, she dies full of hope to get a ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 April 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Embezzled Heaven See more »

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Production Co:

Rhombus Film, Wien-Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Perfectone Klangfilm)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Classic German tear-jerker, outstanding color cinematography
7 January 2017 | by thursdaysrecordsSee all my reviews

Anni Rosar, one of the best loved German character actresses, is somewhat out of her element in this role as a melancholic old spinster. Rosar was known for her rough and grumpy personality, as well as her comedic flair. In this film, the 70 year old uses her acting chops to tuck at your tear glands. - Deeply religious, Rosar's character spent her life as a domestic employee with wealthy family. In hopes to earn herself favor with God, she finances her nephew's seminary studies. For years she sends money to this nephew, only to eventually learn that he is a charlatan who took advantage of the woman, spending her hard earned money on his own support and amusement. Shattered by this revelation, Rosar wants to find absolution, fearing her soul is in danger of not being accepted to enter heaven. - Many empathetic bystanders, particularly a kindly young priest, are touched by the old woman's deep faith. The final scenes are very sentimental, even if a bit far fetched. The overall effect of this gorgeous color production (still rare for late 50s German cinema) is that a very pleasant "Heimatfilm", a timeless feel-good movie. This is the kind of film expected to be shown during Holiday programming...in the early days of television, when only 3 channels offered only a few hours of programming each day. It's definitely above-average old German family fare!


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