Die goldene Stadt

  • Kristina Söderbaum: Anna Jobst
  • Eugen Klopfer: Melchior Jobst
  • Annie Rosar: Anna's aunt
  • Dagny Servaes: Lilli
  • Paul Klinger: Engineering Leitwein
  • Kurt Meisel: Toni
  • Rudolf Prack: Thomas
  • Liselotte carpenter: Marischka
  • Hans Hermann Schaufuß: Nemetschek
  • Frida Richard: Woman Amend
  • Inge Drexel: maid Julie
  • Walter Lieck: Julie groom Ringl
  • Ernst Legal: Bauer Pelican
  • Maria Mayrhofen: farmer
  • Valy Arnheim: Notary Alois Wengraf
  • Else Ehser: maid Anna Jobst
  • Hugo Flink: Postman in Prague
  • Josef Dahmen: Bauer
  • Karl Harbacher: Bauer
  • Emmerich Hanus: Bauer

The Golden City is a German feature film in Agfa Color by Veit Harlan from the year 1942.


Anna Jobst, daughter of a living near Budweis rich peasants, whose base is considerable unexploited bog belongs, dreams of one day to see the golden city of Prague. It is like her mother, who, when Anna was four years old, died on the moor. Her father says, " ... she misses the way in the dark and has fallen into the swamp ." But people say, " ... Because she wanted from her husband and child away, she has brought the Aquarius. "

The technician Leitwein performing land surveys in regard to a draining of the Moors, encouraged Anna's desire to Prague. Bauer Jobst has remained a widower and has his servant Thomas marrying Anna and practically promised the court as heir. That's why he wants to prevent a possible connection between Anna and Leitwein. He is also against the cultivation of the moor. Now he makes sure that Leitwein of his company is unceremoniously stripped off and another project completed the survey.

Jobst housekeeper Marischka plans to persuade the farmers to a marriage with her and wants to bring Anna with her father in disrepute. As Jobst and Thomas are absent for a week, Marischka Anna offers to lend her money so she can secretly travel to Prague.

Anna does not resist the temptation of traveling to Prague and visited her mother's sister there. Their illegitimate son Toni, Anna's cousin, makes itself hopes to be by marrying Anna rich farm heritage. He urges Anne to stay in Prague longer and finally prevented a return.

After seven weeks of experiencing Anna, now pregnant by her cousin, that they no longer heiress of the farm after the planned wedding of her father with the housekeeper Marischka, but only to receive the compulsory portion. Cousin Toni is interested then again for his former girlfriend Lilli, who owns a restaurant. Although Aunt Anna knows the circumstances, she asks them not to stand in the way of her son.

Anna returns home and meets a straight during the engagement party in her father's house. Jobst not greet the returning daughter, but acts as if he does not notice. She feels rejected and leaves the dinner table. Guests have guessed that Anna wants to go to the bog as it was her mother. Marischka provides Jobst given the choice either to let the daughter die or dissolve the engagement. Now he opts for the daughter and is involved in the search for her.

Anna but is found only as a corpse. Jobst Thomas bequeathed the farm and tells him to leave to drain the swamp.

Remarks on the origin and Publications

After Veit Harlan, the film should end positively, an appropriate conclusion was already turned off. Meanwhile, Joseph Goebbels insisted on the tragic end. The strip was by women diplomats are better but the second German film in color and received during the Nazi period, some prices. With 31 million moviegoers (as of end of 1944 ), he was one of the most successful films of the Nazi era.

The originally awarded with a running time of at 110 minutes film was banned in 1945 by the Allies and in 1954, reduced to 104 minutes brought back out. The opening credits of this version starts with " The Golden City " was produced in 1942 during the war and is one of Germany's first color film. The image and Tonnegative were relocated, they have now been retrieved.

Currently, the Murnau Foundation holds the rights to the film and has asked the shortened versions are available for the previous DVD releases.


"The myth of blood and soil determines this film; the robust peasants are the corrupt townspeople asked over and Czech Toni, the foreigner, discredited " - Classics of German sound film ( Christa band man / Joe Hembus; Goldmann 1980 ).

" Harlan turned after the play - The Iron Giant - by Richard Billinger an optically excellent melodrama, in the murky mysticism, blood and soil ideology and discrimination - Slavic sub-humans - to enter into a disastrous combination. Even after 1945 offered in the West German cinemas abridged version was the Nazi tendency not deny. "- Lexicon of international film ( rororo edition of 1987).

The Golden City "against Harlan Agfacolor film sold " " (1942 ) ideologically questionable material below the surface of a smooth melodrama. "


After the unconditional surrender of Germany in 1945, the film was banned by the Allies because of the racist statements, but soon released for the performance.