The Comedians (1941 film)

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The Comedians
Directed byGeorg Wilhelm Pabst
Produced byHans Schweikart
Written byOlly Boeheim
Axel Eggebrecht
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Walter von Hollander
StarringKäthe Dorsch
CinematographyBruno Stephan
Edited byLudolf Grisebach
Distributed byBavaria Film
Release date
  • 5 September 1941 (1941-09-05)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryNazi Germany

The Comedians (German: Komödianten) is a 1941 German drama film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst,[1] and based on the novel Philine by Olly Boeheim.[2] The film is set in the eighteenth century, and portrays the development of German theatre.[3]


Karoline Neuber attempts to improve the lot of actors, who are looked down upon as vagabonds. When the Duchess refuses to let her son marry an actress, she defends them with such vehemence that she is driven from the country and finally dies in solitude.



  1. ^ "NY Times: The Comedians". NY Times. Retrieved 13 September 2009.
  2. ^ Cinzia Romani, Tainted Goddesses: Female Film Stars of the Third Reich p. 36 ISBN 0-9627613-1-1
  3. ^ Kreimeier p. 326


  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945. University of California Press, 1999.

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