A Dream, What Else?

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A Dream, What Else?
Directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Produced by Kurt Liewehr
Herbert Machart
Written by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Starring Edith Clever
Cinematography Dieter Gessl
Edited by Michael Trnka
TMS Film
Release dates
  • 17 February 1995 (1995-02-17)
Running time
132 minutes
Country Austria
Language German

A Dream, What Else? (German: Ein Traum, was sonst?) is a 1995 Austrian-German drama film written and directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. It stars Edith Clever as Sybille von Bismarck, the daughter-in-law of Otto von Bismarck. The film consists of a monologue where the main character, aged and widowed, mourns the defeat of Prussia at the end of World War II. She recites from The Trojan Women by Euripides, The Prince of Homburg by Heinrich von Kleist and Faust: Part II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.[1]

The monologue was first performed on stage in Berlin in 1990 and toured several countries during the following years.[1] The film was shot in the summer 1994 at Szene-Theater in Salzburg, Austria, for Szene Salzburg and ORF. It was produced through Syberberg's German company TMS Film.[2]


  1. ^ a b Rockwell, John (1992-09-02). "The Re-Emergence of an Elusive Director". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Ein Traum, was sonst?". Filmportal.de (in German). German Film Institute. Retrieved 2013-07-06.