My Life for Maria Isabella

My Life for Maria Isabella (German: Mein Leben für Maria Isabell) is a 1935 German drama film directed by Erich Waschneck and starring Viktor de Kowa, Maria Andergast and Peter Voß.[1] It is a military drama, the Maria Isabella of the title being the name of a regiment. Heavy cuts were imposed by the censors because of fears the film's mutiny scenes were too attractively portrayed.[2] Critics were not impressed by the casting of Viktor de Kowa, known for his light musical comedy roles, as the film's hero.[3]

My Life for Maria Isabella
Directed byErich Waschneck
Written byFriedrich Dammann
Ernst Hasselbach
Based onThe Standard
by Alexander Lernet-Holenia
Produced byFrank Clifford
StarringViktor de Kowa
Maria Andergast
Peter Voß
CinematographyHerbert Körner
Edited byWilly Zeunert
Music byHerbert Windt
Distributed byRota-Film
Release date
7 February 1935
Running time
78 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Erdmann and Hans Sohnle. It was distributed by the Tobis subsidiary Rota-Film.


In Belgrade during the closing days of the First World War, the Austrian regiments are mostly composed of disgruntled minorities who mutiny rather than fight on. A young officer attempts to save the regimental colours from falling into enemy hands, and safely takes them back to Vienna where they are symbolically burnt.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Waldman p.85-86
  2. ^ Noack p.76
  3. ^ Noack p.76


  • Noack, Frank. Veit Harlan: The Life and Work of a Nazi Filmmaker. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  • Waldman, Harry. Nazi Films in America, 1933–1942. McFarland, 2008.

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