Anna and Elizabeth
|Anna and Elizabeth|
|Directed by||Frank Wisbar|
|Produced by||Hermann Ephraim |
|Written by||Gina Fink |
|Starring||Dorothea Wieck |
|Music by||Paul Dessau|
|Edited by||Alice Ludwig|
|Distributed by||Terra Film|
|13 April 1933|
Anna and Elizabeth (German: Anna und Elisabeth) is a 1933 German drama film directed by Frank Wisbar and starring Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele and Mathias Wieman. The film reunited Wieck and Thiele who had starred in Mädchen in Uniform together two years earlier.
Elisabeth, a wealthy young aristocratic woman who uses a wheelchair, hears of Anna a young peasant girl who is apparently able to work miracles. She brings the reluctant village girl to live with her, and appears to have been cured simply through her sheer belief in Anna's powers. However, an attempt to demonstrate Anna's skills to the public fails, and in her despair Elisabeth throws herself off a cliff while Anna returns to her simple village life.
The film was reviewed in the New York Times following its American release. The review praised the acting of Wieck, but was less impressed with that of Thiele. While admitting that the director had a natural flair for tragedy, the reviewer thought that the film was sometimes so slow-moving that it lapsed into ponderousness.
- Dorothea Wieck as Elisabeth, Gutsherrin von Salis
- Hertha Thiele as Anna, Bauernmädchen
- Mathias Wieman as Mathias Testa
- Maria Wanck as Margarete, Elisabeths Schwester
- Carl Balhaus as Martin
- Willy Kaiser-Heyl as Pfarrer
- Roma Bahn as Mary Lane
- Dorothea Thiess as Annas Mutter
- Carl Wery as Annas Vater
- Karl Platen as Dorfarzt
- Robert Eckertas Gutsnachbar
- Margarete Kestra as Helena
- Doris Thalmer as Nena
- Sybil Smolova as Schiefhals
- Bock & Bergfelder p.530
- "Movie Review - - " Anna und Elisabeth" With Dorothea Wieck and Hertha Thiele - "Liebelei"". NYTimes.com. 1933-07-02. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
- Hans-Michael Bock and Tim Bergfelder. The Concise Cinegraph: An Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.
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