Gently My Songs Entreat

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Gently My Songs Entreat
Directed by Willi Forst
Produced by Gregor Rabinovitch
Written by Walter Reisch
Willi Forst
Starring Marta Eggerth
Luise Ullrich
Hans Jaray
Hans Moser
Music by Willy Schmidt-Gentner
Cinematography Albert Benitz
Franz Planer
Edited by Viktor Gertler
Release date
8 September 1933
Running time
85 minutes
Country Austria
Language German

Gently My Songs Entreat (German: Leise flehen meine Lieder) is a 1933 Austrian-German musical film directed by Willi Forst and starring Marta Eggerth, Luise Ullrich and Hans Jaray. Art direction was by Julius von Borsody. The film is a biopic of the composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828).[1] It was Forst's directorial debut.[2] A British version was made called Unfinished Symphony. The German title refers to the first line of the Lied "Ständchen" (Serenade) from Schubert's collection Schwanengesang, "the most famous serenade in the world",[3] which Eggerth performs in the film.



  1. ^ Hake p. 155
  2. ^ Dassanowsky p. 7
  3. ^ Leonard, James. Franz Schubert: "Ständchen" ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4 at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 July 2014.


  • Dassanowsky, Robert. World Film Locations: Vienna. Intellect Books, 2012.
  • Hake, Sabine. Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. University of Texas Press, 2001.

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