Heidi (1952 film)

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Directed by Luigi Comencini
Produced by Lazar Wechsler
Written by Johanna Spyri (novel)
Richard Schweizer
William Michael Treichlinger
Max Weinberg
Based on Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Starring Elsbeth Sigmund
Heinrich Gretler
Thomas Klameth
Elsie Attenhofer
Music by Robert Blum
Cinematography Emil Berna
Peter Frischknecht
Edited by Hermann Haller
Distributed by Schweizer Fernsehen
Release date
14 November 1952
Running time
97 min
Country Switzerland
Language German

Heidi is a 1952 Swiss family drama film directed by Luigi Comencini and starring Elsbeth Sigmund, Heinrich Gretler and Thomas Klameth. It is based on the 1880 novel Heidi by Johanna Spyri. It was followed by a 1955 sequel Heidi and Peter.


Heidi lives with her grandfather, Alp-Öhi. And with his friend, Pastor Peter, she spends a good time in the Swiss mountains.

The village pastor visits the Alp-Öhi. He asks to come along with Heidi to the village, with the new church bells being drawn. Around the hanging bells, the village festival is held and traditionally it is for the children to help hang the bells and Heidi can not miss. In addition, she could make friends with him and with the children of the village, because soon anyway should visit the village school. The Alp-Öhi is not very happy because he lives arguing with the locals. He is accused of being responsible for a fire in which five houses and the church tower were burned. But the fact is that the uncle did not cause the fire, even rescuing his only son, Heidi's lost father. Shortly thereafter, Heidi's mother dies of sorrow for the loss.

Aunt Dete, the sister of Heidi's mother, is transferred to her for Heidi's care; Because she has a place in Frankfurt to live with Heidi, but without the Alp-Öhi.

Dete now remembers the child. Dete is employed at the Sesemann house and works there as a cook. Mr. Sesemann looks for his daughter Klara a friend for her since her illness of infantile paralysis. This role is now given to Heidi. Without further ado, Kurzerhand said that Alp-Öhi kidnapped Heidi and took her to Frankfurt.

Soon Klara and Heidi make friends quickly, and they help each other in what they can. However, its naturalness is preserved by the noble housekeeper Meyer, Klara's housekeeper. All the staff, especially the butler Sebastian really like Heidi. And then there is almost a small miracle: Klara, lovingly cared for by Heidi, may one day take the first steps again. When Mr. Sesemann returns from a long trip, he does not believe when he sees his child healthy and happy in his arms. In gratitude, he wants to stay, who has accomplished this miracle, instead of accepting it, she refuses him because of homesickness and grandfather.

After Heidi's somnambulism seriously ill, sympathetic Dr. Classen, a good friend of the Sesemannschen household, gives advice to Mr. Sesemann, for Heidi to return home, back to Grandpa. And so it happens and Heidi and Klara go there during the holidays.

The fights between Alp-Öhi and the villagers are soon resolved and on a Sunday, Heidi's grandfather enters the village church.



  • Bergfelder, Tim & Bock, Hans-Michael. The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopedia of German. Berghahn Books, 2009.

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