The Merry Wives of Windsor (1950 film)

  • Sonja Ziemann: Mistress Ford
  • Camilla Spira: Woman Empire
  • Paul Esser: Sir John Falstaff
  • Claus Holm: Master Ford
  • Alexander Engel: Mr. Reich
  • Ina Halley Anna Reich
  • Eckart Dux: Fenton
  • Joachim Teege: Mr. sparse
  • Gerd Frick Höffer: Dr. Caius
  • Berta Monnard: landlady
  • Kurt Mühlhardt: Butcher
  • Charles Hans Vogt: Schneider
  • Fritz Melchior: Fuhrmann
  • Erich Gühne: Shoemaker
  • Herbert Richter: Blacksmith
  • Edith Hancke: Apprentice at Empire
  • Edgar Pauly: host
  • Elfriede Dugall: Brown Hanne
  • Vladimir Marfiak: 1 servant
  • Nico Turoff: 2 servant
  • Adolf Wyhl: Mate in Empire
  • Gerd Ewert: 2nd assistant at Empire
  • Walter Christmas: factotum
  • Franziska Klossak: Wrong Bride
  • Willy Dugal: fishmonger
  • Carlo Kluge: Bauer
  • Horst Stoletzki: messenger boy
  • Dita Hussina: flower lady
  • Mimi Mittell: Fishing woman
  • Hans Jöckel: passerby
  • Hans Sanden: Tooth Breaker
  • Gisela Arnold: His assistant
  • Heinz Gerlach: patient
  • Wolfgang Grützmann: Bader
  • Renate Fischer: His wife
  • Ludwig Sachs: quack
  • Fredy Teichmann: Man, Rural pair
  • Maria Eggert: Woman, Rural pair
  • Miriam Barty: Bag seamstress
  • Kurt Otto Fritsch: Beloved
  • Liselotte Walter: Lovers
  • Martin Rosen: Fat man

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a German opera adaptation of the DEFA by Georg Wild Hagen from the year 1950.


A theater group came to a city, and is doing her bit by Sir John Falstaff and the Wives of Windsor on.

Mistress Ford and her neighbor Mrs. Reich are appalled, both married women of knight John Falstaff have yet to be identically written declaration of love. You decide the drunkard who is constantly short of cash to teach him a lesson. At the same time they want to cure Hern flood of his jealousy.

Mistress Ford answered Falstaff's letter, in which she invites him into her house. Woman realm again Pockets Mr. tide to a letter that told him of the visit Falstaff with his wife. Appears as Falstaff and wants to be intrusive, Mrs. Reich appears stating, woman Fluths husband came home. Falstaff is hidden in a laundry basket, which is emptied of the servants of the house in a pond. Master Ford again looks in vain for Falstaff. He can now move itself to Falstaff, presents itself under the name of and tried to arrange a meeting with his wife about Falstaff. He plans to Falstaff to catch in the act of his wife, if this arranges a meeting for him. In fact, however, Mrs. Reich can MISTRESS FORD warning and the hidden Falstaff in the pigsty. From there he escapes in women's clothing.

Now clarify Mistress Ford and Mrs. Reich against their husbands about all the tangles on. They decide to chase finally Falstaff from the village. Mistress Ford and Mrs. Reich organize a rendezvous with Falstaff in the forest where eventually appear throughout the villagers in disguise and Falstaff chase under laughingstock.

In a subplot it creates woman Reich 's daughter, Anna, to her father and mother to oppose that they want to marry a snob and a rich, but colorless man, and to marry the penniless Fenton, who loves them and can sing well.

The show is over and the performers bow to the audience. The curtain falls.


The Merry Wives of Windsor was after The Marriage of Figaro (1949 ), the second film adaptation of the opera, which turned George Wild Hagen for DEFA. After disputes over the film's finale, which had to be changed shortly before the premiere, Wild Hagen turned not another film for DEFA.

The film experienced on December 22, 1950 Leipzig Capitol its premiere.


The singing of the performers was synchronized:


The critics reacted split on the film: While critics of the GDR the film panned as would " the act [ of the Opera ] by own ingredients [ the writers ] vergröbernd into farcical Vulgar " drawn and therefore " reject from the standpoint of public education from " is, praised the criticism of the Federal Republic of Germany the film. He was " [ ... ] that everything conventionally operatic is loosened so cleverly with optical ingredients dwindled. No orthodox opera film, but a plump, effervescent comedy film with musical interludes! "

The filmdienst called The Merry Wives of Windsor, a " musical and lively adaptation of the comic- fantastic opera by Nicolai themes by Shakespeare".