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Fräulein

  • Romance
  • Drama
  • 1958
  • Henry Koster
  • 96 mins
  • PG

Summary

A woman in Nazi Germany helps an American POW to escape, and faces a series of struggles after the war is over. Romantic drama, starring Dana Wynter and Mel Ferrer

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Although numerous "rubble films" were produced in postwar Germany, the fate of its defeated people was largely ignored by Hollywood. This DeLuxe CinemaScope adaptation of James McGovern's bestseller centres on Cologne academic's daughter Dana Wynter, whose life unravels after she reluctantly provides shelter to Mel Ferrer's escaped POW. Forced to relocate to Berlin after her father's death, Wynter relies on the comfort of strangers, whose ability to shift allegiances enables them to survive the last days of the Third Reich and the Red Army occupation. The Production Code prevented director Henry Koster from exploring the grimmer realities, as Wynter escapes a rapacious Communist and winds up in a brothel. It's noteworthy that the year after this film was released, Marta Hillers anonymously published her harrowing wartime memoir A Woman in Berlin, which Max Färberböck unflinchingly filmed in 2008. His film is vastly superior to this eventful but overly sanitised melodrama.

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Credits

Cast

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Erika AngermannDana Wynter
Maj Foster MacLainMel Ferrer
LoriDolores Michaels
Lt Berdie DubbinMargaret Hayes
Col Dmitri BucaronTheodore Bikel

Crew

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DirectorHenry Koster

Details

Released on
1958-07-07
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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