UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin


August 22
Start: 21.00 Uhr, Doors open: 20:30


Director: Paul Czinner
Production: Erich Pommer for Ufa
Screenplay: Paul Czinner
Cinematography: Otto Kanturek, Adolf Schlasy, Arpad Viragh
Cast: Elisabeth Bergner, Conrad Veidt, Nora Gregor Grete Mosheim
Length: approx. 90 min

As deeply as Renée (Elisabeth Bergner) loves her father, she and her stepmother cannot stand each other. At the latter’s instigation, Renée ends up being sent away to a strict Swiss boarding school. She's even made to spend the holidays there as punishment for her bad behavior. Disguised in men's clothing, Renée flees to Italy, where she manages to earn a little money as a street musician. A well-known painter discovers the “boy” and paints his portrait for a new painting entitled “The Fiddler of Florence.” The work becomes a huge success. On a photograph of the painting, Renée’s father recognizes his daughter, whom he had thought to be lost. He travels to Florence to retrieve Renée. But the painter no longer wants to part with his companion, and is delighted when “he” turns out to be a girl who has long since fallen in love with him...

Elisabeth Bergner (1897-1986) is regarded as one of the most important actresses of the 20th century. After triumphant stage successes in Berlin in the early 1920s, she began working for the cinema and acted in a series of films directed by her later husband Paul Czinner, in which she repeatedly played male roles, to which Bergner’s androgynous looks leant themselves well. Because of their Jewish origins, Bergner and Czinner emigrated to England in 1933, and were able to continue their careers there.  

Music: The I solisti di Francoforte ensemble performs music newly composed by Uwe Dierksen, commissioned by ZDF/ARTE

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