Anna and Elizabeth

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Anna and Elizabeth
German film poster
GermanAnna und Elisabeth
Directed byFrank Wisbar
Written by
  • Gina Fink
  • Frank Wisbar
Produced by
  • Hermann Ephraim
  • Frank Wisbar
CinematographyFranz Weihmayr
Edited byAlice Ludwig
Music byPaul Dessau
Distributed byTerra Film
Release date
  • 13 April 1933 (1933-04-13)
Running time
74 minutes

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.[1] The film reunited Wieck and Thiele who had starred in Mädchen in Uniform together two years earlier.

The film's sets were designed by Heinrich Beisenherz and Fritz Maurischat.


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.[2]



  1. ^ Hake, Sabine (2009). Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim (eds.). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. New York, NY: Berghahn Books. p. 530. doi:10.2307/j.ctt1x76dm6. ISBN 978-1571816559. JSTOR j.ctt1x76dm6. S2CID 252868046.
  2. ^ "Movie Review - - " Anna und Elisabeth" With Dorothea Wieck and Hertha Thiele - "Liebelei"". The New York Times. 2 July 1933.

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