Black Roses (1935 film)
Black Roses (German: Schwarze Rosen) is a 1935 German historical drama film directed by Paul Martin and starring Lilian Harvey, Willy Fritsch and Willy Birgel. A separate English-language version Black Roses was also made with Harvey reprising her role opposite Esmond Knight. She also starred in a French version. The film was Harvey's comeback in German cinema, following her attempt to at Hollywood and then British films. One source suggested that Harvey paid for the English version of the film to be made out of her own money, as she still hoped to break into the English-speaking market.
|Directed by||Paul Martin|
|Produced by||Paul Martin|
|Music by||Kurt Schröder|
The film was popular in Germany, partly because it re-teamed Harvey with Fritsch who was constantly romantically linked with her in the media. In fact Harvey was in a long-term relationship with the film's director Paul Martin. Despite the film's success, Harvey quickly moved away from melodrama to the lighter comedy romances that had originally made her name.
It was shot at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin with location shooting around Harburg a borough of Hamburg. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Erich Kettelhut and Max Mellin. The premiere took place at the Gloria-Palast.
- Lilian Harvey as Tania Fedorovna
- Willy Fritsch as Erkki Collin
- Willy Birgel as Fürst Abarow
- Gerhard Bienert as Niklander
- Gertrud Wolle as Die Wirtschafterin
- Klaus Pohl as Polizeiagent
- Heinz Wemper as Kosak Iwanoff
- Franz Klebusch as Fischer
- Ullrich Klein as Offizier
- Kurt von Ruffin as 1. Adjutant
- Hermann Frick as 2. Adjutant
- Bergfeder & Cargnelli p. 52
- Ascheid p. 124
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