Immensee (film)

  • Kristina Söderbaum: Elisabeth Uhl
  • Carl Raddatz: Reinhart Torsten
  • Paul Klinger: Erich Jurgens
  • Carola Toelle: Mother Uhl
  • Max Gülstorff: Father Torsten
  • Otto fee: Father Jürgens
  • Germana Paolieri: Singer Lauretta
  • Wilfried Seyferth: Werner, a music student
  • Käthe Dyckhoff: Jesta, music student
  • Malte Jäger: Jochen, music student
  • Clemens Hasse: Max, a music student
  • Albert Florath: Chairman of the Examination Board
  • Ernst Legal: Director of Spritfabrik Jürgens
  • Walter Bechmann: Reinhart's servant
  • Jack Trevor: waiter
  • Claire Reigbert: Reinhart's landlady
  • Marta Salm: waitress
  • Hans Eysenhardt: Young Servant at Jürgens
  • Ernst Stimmel: Member of the Examination Board
  • Louis Ralph:

Immensee is a German film directed by Veit Harlan from the year 1943.


Reinhart Torsten is an aspiring musician. He leaves his small, sleepy hometown Immensee to visit the Conservatory in Hamburg. Behind him he leaves Elisabeth Uhl, with whom he spent a happy childhood and youth in Immensee. Although both their intimate feelings for each other are aware hears Reinhart one day bother to write her what Elisabeth very distressed. One day, Reinhart returns home to Immensee, to celebrate his birthday. For the two everything seems the same again, and so Elizabeth decides one day to visit him in Hamburg, although both good friend Erich Jurgens has already begun to show tentative interest in Elizabeth. But Elizabeth has promised faithfulness Reinhart.

In the big city of Elizabeth feels alien quickly, and in his bed sleeping a beautiful, young woman who does not know them. While her boyfriend cramming for exams, says Reinhart's landlady her tersely, that's not unusual ' is in the life of young Studiosus. Disappointed Elisabeth returns home to Immensee. Erich touches her, however, finally a heart and confesses his love for Elizabeth. Both get married and move to the death of Eric's father on his stately courtyard. Elizabeth's heart still hangs on Reinhart, their matrimonial promise binds but faithfully and firmly to Erich.

Reinhart Torsten has since made ​​a career. He received a scholarship to a conductor school in Rome and returns only after a long three years back to Immensee. Although he intends to live with his parents, but finally accepts the invitation of his friend Erich to stay on the farm. When he sees Elizabeth, he tries to convince them to leave Erich and to come with him into the distance, into the big, wide world. Although Elizabeth is not yet entirely freed himself from Reinhart, they granted him a discharge now - even though Erich is willing to not stand in the way of their happiness. Only now matures in Elizabeth the knowledge where it belongs and what meaning in their lives, the word home, so Immensee means.

Production Notes

Filming took place from 26 June to end of October 1942 ( exteriors ) and the period January- April 1943 ( studio recordings) instead. Locations were in Rome, the Roman Forum, the ruins of the Basilica of Maxentius, the spaces in front of the Palatine and St. Peter's Basilica, as well as in Germany Eutin and Plön with the Holstein Switzerland, the Good Stendorf and Hamburg. The studio recordings were made in the Ufastadt Babelsberg. The premiere took place in two cinemas in Hamburg on 8 December 1943. Berlin premiere was in two main urban movie theaters on December 17, 1943.

The film is based freely on the novella by Theodor Storm.

The film censorship was released the film for young people aged 14. In June 1945 Immensee was occupied by the Allied military authorities in Germany with performance ban.

Immensee received in 1943 the Nazi predicates " artistic merit ", " folksy valuable" and " culturally valuable". He was the fifth color film of the German Empire.

The Filmbauten designed Erich Zander and Charles Telemachus. The production line had Erich Holder. The costumes were designed by Gertrude Steckler, for the sound made ​​Heinz Martin.

The vocals come from the Italian Germana Paolieri and Käthe Dyckhoff and Kristina Söderbaum. They all like the soprano Erna Berger intoned the song " darling, come these songs ."

How Bogusław Drewniak in his standard work " The German film 1938-1945 " reports, the following fees were paid:

  • Veit Harlan received as a director 80,000 RM
  • In his capacity as co- screenwriter, he received another 25,000 RM. Co -author Alfred Brown was rewarded with 11,000 RM
  • Kurt Meisel was referring in his capacity as assistant director a fee of RM 3,000
  • Actress and Harlan 's wife Kristina Söderbaum was paid RM 60,000.
  • Protagonist Carl Raddatz stroked a fee in the amount of 20,000 RM.
  • The composer Wolfgang Zeller was rewarded with 10,000 RM

By war's end in 1945, the film was also in several Scandinavian countries. In Zurich, the film ran for twelve weeks beginning in 1944, the same year Immensee was shown also in Turkey.

The team Harlan Brown was also with another Storm- adaptation, Poppenspäler poles, entrusted the end of 1944. This began on November 10, 1944 in Schleswig -Holstein Meldorf film under the title The Puppeteer, had to be abandoned in the spring of 1945.

The Immensee fabric was remade in 1956 under the title What the swallow sang by Geza von Bolvary.


The lexicon of the International Films wrote: " Cinema drama by Veit Harlan, effect consciously and popularized in the spirit of the times ".

In the Zurich Tages-Anzeiger could the beginning of 1944 read: " In color film ' Immensee ' is after the first Agfa -color films such improvement can be stated that the spectator often long time, not the color is critically aware, and that is a good sign. The screenplay for ' Immensee ' Veit Harlan and Alfred Brown wrote together, and they awaken in the plot with remarkable empathy, the lyrical and delicate elegiac mood of the First Amendment to the Husum poet. "