Axel Munthe, The Doctor of San Michele

Axel Munthe, The Doctor of San Michele (German: Axel Munthe – Der Arzt von San Michele) is a 1962 biographical drama film directed by Giorgio Capitani, Rudolf Jugert and Georg Marischka. It stars O.W. Fischer in the title role along with Rosanna Schiaffino, Sonja Ziemann and Valentina Cortese. It was made as a co-production between France, Italy and West Germany.[1] It is based on the 1929 book The Story of San Michele, the memoirs of the Swedish doctor Axel Munthe.

Axel Munthe, The Doctor of San Michele
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Directed by
Produced byArtur Brauner
Written by
Based onThe Story of San Michele
by Axel Munthe
Music byMario Nascimbene
CinematographyRichard Angst
Edited byJutta Hering
  • CCC Film
  • Criterion Productions
  • Cine-Italia Film
Distributed byGloria Film
Release date
  • 28 September 1962 (1962-09-28)
Running time
134 minutes
  • France
  • Italy
  • West Germany

It was shot at the Spandau Studios in Berlin and on location in Rome and Capri. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Werner Achmann and Willy Schatz. It was made in Eastmancolor. It premiered in Augsburg in September 1962.



  1. ^ Bergfelder p. 79


  • Bergfelder, Tim (2005) [2004]. International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-productions in the 1960s. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-539-2.

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