The Merry Wives of Windsor (1950 film)
|The Merry Wives of Windsor|
|Directed by||Georg Wildhagen|
|Written by||Otto Nicolai (opera)
Salomon Hermann Mosenthal (opera)
William Shakespeare (play)
Wolff von Gordon
|Music by||Otto Nicolai (opera)|
|Distributed by||Progress Film-Vertrieb|
|22 October 1950|
The Merry Wives of Windsor (German: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) is a 1950 East German musical comedy film directed by Georg Wildhagen. It was based on William Shakespeare's play by the same name.
- Sonja Ziemann - Mrs. Fluth
- Camilla Spira - Mrs. Gretchen Reich
- Paul Esser - Sir John Falstaff
- Ina Halley - Anna Reich
- Eckart Dux - Fenton
- Alexander Engel - Innkeeper Reich
- Claus Holm - Mr. Fluth
- Joachim Teege - Mr. Spärlich
- Gerd Frickhöffer - Dr. Cajus
- Rita Streich - Mrs. Fluth (singing voice)
- Martha Mödl - Mrs. Gretchen Reich (singing voice)
- Sonja Schöner - Anna Reich (singing voice)
- Helmut Krebs - Fenton (voice)
- Hans Kramer - Sir John Falstaff (voice)
- Willi Heyer-Kraemer - Innkeeper Reich (singing voice)
- Herbert Brauer - Mr. Fluth (singing voice)
The film is an adaptation of the 1849 opera The Merry Wives of Windsor composed by Otto Nicolai with a libretto by Salomon Hermann Mosenthal which was based on William Shakespeare's play of the same title. It was made by the state-owned DEFA studio on a large budget.
The film was highly successful by East German standards, and drew 6,090,329 viewers to the cinemas. Ernst Richter noted that while "the socially critical tone was unmistakably present in the film", it was free of "heavy-handed communist propaganda." Heinz Kersten characterized it as one of the last apolitical entertainment pictures produced by DEFA before the Socialist Unity Party of Germany tightened its control on the national film industry. Albert Wilkening wrote it was "a significant step forward in making movies in the GDR... Wildhagen's directing was quite skillful."
- Davidson & Hake p.220
- Kersten. p. 29.
- List of the 50 highest-grossing DEFA films.
- Richter. p. 245.
- Kersten. p. 52.
- Wilkening. p. 165.
- Sabine Hake, John Davidson (editors). Framing the Fifties: Cinema in a Divided Germany. Berghahn Books (2007). ISBN 978-1-84545-204-9.
- Ernst Richert. Agitation und Propaganda : das System der publizistischen Massenführung in der Sowjetzone. Institut für politische Wissenschaft (1958). OCLC 185953805.
- Heinz Kersten. Das Filmwesen in der Sowjetischen Besatzungszone Deutschlands. Bundesministerium für Gesamtdeutsche Fragen (1963). ASIN B0000BK48Q.
- Albert Wilkening. Film. VEB Bibliographisches Institut (1966). OCLC 7216389.