The Famous Woman

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The Famous Woman
Directed by Robert Wiene
Produced by Hermann Fellner
Josef Somlo
Arnold Pressburger
Written by Melchior Lengyel (play and screenplay)
Starring Lili Damita
Fred Solm
Warwick Ward
Lissy Arna
Music by Walter Ulfig
Cinematography Otto Kanturek
Distributed by Deutsche Lichtspiel-Syndikat
Release date
29 October 1927
Country Germany
Language Silent
German intertitles

The Famous Woman (German:Die berühmte Frau) is a 1927 German silent drama film directed by Robert Wiene and starring Lili Damita, Fred Solm and Warwick Ward. It was based on the play Die Tänzerin by Melchior Lengyel, who also wrote the film's screenplay.[1] While performing in Barcelona, a dancer falls in love with a Spanish aristocrat. He proposes marriage to her providing she give up her profession. She agrees and the wedding preparations begin. When her troupe returns to Spain, however, she is drawn back to her true calling as a dancer and her aristocratic lover reluctantly allows her to go free.[2] Damita's performance was particularly praised, as was the cinematography of Otto Kanturek who had done location shooting in Barcelona.[3]



  1. ^ Jung & Schatzberg p.141
  2. ^ Jung & Schatzberg p.141-142
  3. ^ Jung & Schatzberg p.141-142


  • Jung, Uli & Schatzberg, Walter. Beyond Caligari: The Films of Robert Wiene. Berghahn Books, 1999.

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