The Golden City (film)
|The Golden City|
|Produced by||Veit Harlan|
|Music by||Hans-Otto Borgmann|
|Edited by||Friedrich Karl von Puttkamer|
|Budget||1.8 million ℛℳ|
|Box office||12.5 million ℛℳ|
Anna, a young, innocent country girl (a Sudeten German), whose mother drowned in the swamp, dreams of visiting the golden city of Prague. After she falls in love with a surveyor, she runs away from the countryside near České Budějovice to Prague to find him. She is instead seduced and later abandoned by her cousin (a Czech). She attempts to return home, but her father rejects her, so she drowns herself in the same swamp where her mother died.
- Kristina Söderbaum as Anna "Anuschka" Jobst
- Eugen Klöpfer as Melchior Jobst, Anna's father, farmer
- Annie Rosar as Donata Opferkuch, Toni's mother
- Dagny Servaes as Mrs. Tandler
- Paul Klinger as Christian Leidwein, engineer
- Emmerich Hanus
- Kurt Meisel as Toni Opferkuch, Anna's cousin
- Rudolf Prack as Thomas, Anna's fiance
- Liselotte Schreiner as Maruschka, housekeeper
- Hans Hermann Schaufuß as Nemerek, engineer
- Frida Richard as Mrs. Amend
- Ernst Legal as Pelikan, farmer
- Valy Arnheim as Alois Wengraf, notary
The movie is based on drama Der Gigant by Austrian writer Richard Billinger. In the novel, however, it is the heart-broken father who commits suicide; the Nazi Propaganda Ministry, in particular Joseph Goebbels, insisted that it be the daughter rather than the father who dies.
Anna's fate and drowning are clearly represented as the natural consequence of her failure to appreciate the countryside and her longings for the city. This harmonizes with the preference for the countryside of the Blood and Soil doctrine.
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