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The Sinner

Original title
Die Sünderin
Year
Running time
100 min.
Country
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Director
Screenwriter
Willi Forst, Georg Marischka, Gerhard Menzel
Music
Theo Mackeben
Cinematography
Václav Vích (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Deutsche Bundesrepublik / Deutsche Styria Film GmbH / Junge Film-Union Rolf Meyer
Genre
Drama | Prostitution
Synopsis / Plot
In the film, Hildegard Knef plays the prostitute Marina, who is "reformed" by her love for the incurably ill painter, Alexander (played by Gustav Fröhlich). After a brief period of happiness, Alexander is faced with impending blindness. At his request, Marina assists him in his suicide, and then follows him in death. The Church took exception to the suicide scene, to the "transfigured representation of unsanctioned union," and to Marina's prostitution. There were calls for boycott, demonstrations, and death threats against Hildegard Knef. Despite, or because of, all this, the film was seen by two million Germans in the first three weeks. After the protests subsided, interest faded as well, and in the long run, the film was not a financial success. It premiered on February 18, 1951, in Frankfurt am Main. Below is a film still with Hildegard Knef and Gustav Fröhlich. Source: Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin.
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