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Liebelei

Arthur Schnitzler's play is the simple little story of two lieutenants picking up two sweet little Vienna girls. With the elder and more experienced couple it's just a gay, harmless love affair; with the other two (not yet out of their teens) it develops into deep love. Although the boy has severed his former connections with a society woman, the husband afterward finds out. A duel ensues. The boy is killed. The girl jumps out of the window.

With:
Magda Schneider Wolfgang Liebeneiner Luise Ullrich Gustaf Gruendgens Willy Eichberger Olga Tschechowa

Arthur Schnitzler’s play is the simple little story of two lieutenants picking up two sweet little Vienna girls. With the elder and more experienced couple it’s just a gay, harmless love affair; with the other two (not yet out of their teens) it develops into deep love. Although the boy has severed his former connections with a society woman, the husband afterward finds out. A duel ensues. The boy is killed. The girl jumps out of the window.

The film treatment has succeeded in preserving most of the play’s flavor, adding a good amount of comedy, music and background, such as a beautiful sleigh drive up the mountains.

The picture is particularly well cast, even in smallest parts. Magda Schneider shows her first really fine acting. The other youngsters are very good, too. The picture might be almost without flaw, except for a sequence quite unnecessarily melodramatic involving one of the leading characters, just for the sake of introducing an anti-duel argument.

Liebelei

Germany

Production: Elite. Director Max Ophuls; Screenplay Hans Wilhelm, Curt Alexander; Camera Franz Planer; Music Theo Mackeben

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 83 MIN.

With: Magda Schneider Wolfgang Liebeneiner Luise Ullrich Gustaf Gruendgens Willy Eichberger Olga Tschechowa

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