Die Sünderin

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Die Sünderin (The Sinner) is a German film by the director Willi Forst produced in 1950.[1] The title role was played by Hildegard Knef.[1]


It is a love story between a prostitute and an artist.[2] It was one of the first German films to break several taboos: nudity, suicide and euthanasia. In the Germany of the '50s, this caused a lot of negative reactions both by politicians and the Roman Catholic Church.[2][3] The opposition reached the degree of banning the film and scandalizing it which paradoxically made it one of the landmarks in the history of film[citation needed].


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Holloway, Ron (2002-02-02). "Hildegard Knef". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b "The Scandal surrounding The Sinner [Die Sünderin] (1951)". German History in Documents and Images (GHDI). Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Robert von Dassanowsky (10 October 2005). Austrian Cinema: A History. McFarland. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-7864-3733-7. 

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