Love '47

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Love '47
Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Produced by Hans Abich
Written by Wolfgang Borchert (play)
Kurt Joachim Fischer
Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Starring Dieter Horn
Hilde Krahl
Sylvia Schwarz
Karl John
Music by Hans-Martin Majewski
Cinematography Franz Weihmayr
Edited by Walter von Bonhorst
Distributed by Panorama-Film
Release date
7 March 1949
Running time
118 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Love '47 (German: Liebe 47) is a 1949 German drama film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner and starring Dieter Horn, Hilde Krahl and Sylvia Schwarz. It was part of the cycle of rubble films made in post-war Germany. A young man and a woman about to commit suicide by jumping into a river, recount to each other their experiences of the Second World War and the struggles of the immediate post-war situation. Eventually they convince each other that life is worth living after all.

It was partly based on the play Draußen vor der Tür by Wolfgang Borchert, with many extra scenes added showing the experience of a woman on the home front whereas the original stage work had concentrated only on the perspectives of soldiers coming home.[1] The film is particularly notable for its sympathetic treatment of its female protagonist.



  1. ^ Shandley p.71-72


  • Shandley, Robert R. Rubble Films: German Cinema in the Shadow of the Third Reich. Temple University Press, 2001.

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