Sweetheart of the Gods

Sweetheart of the Gods (German: Liebling der Götter) is a 1960 West German biographical film directed by Gottfried Reinhardt and starring Ruth Leuwerik, Peter van Eyck, and Harry Meyen. The film portrays the life of Renate Müller, a German film actress who died in 1937 in mysterious circumstances. A variety of rumours about Müller's death had developed, but the filmmakers chose to portray it as suicide following Nazi pressure over her relationship with a Jewish diplomat. Following legal objections from Müller's family, the ending was toned down to make her final fate more vague.[1]

Sweetheart of the Gods
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Directed byGottfried Reinhardt
Produced by
Written byGeorge Hurdalek
Music byFranz Grothe
CinematographyGöran Strindberg
Edited byWalter Wischniewsky
Distributed byBavaria Film
Release date
  • 12 April 1960 (1960-04-12)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryWest Germany

Leuwerik recreates scenes and songs from several of Müller's films. However their star personae were very different, with Müller famous as a girl-next-door while Leuwerik played the role in her more usual refined fashion. Although set in the 1930s, stylistically the film often resembles the late 1950s.[2] Willy Fritsch, a German star of the 1930s who had acted alongside Müller in two films, appears in a small role.[3]

It was shot at the Spandau Studios in Berlin with sets designed by the art directors Paul Markwitz and Fritz Maurischat. The film was moderately successful commercially on its release in West Germany.[4]



  1. ^ Bergfelder, p. 111.
  2. ^ Bergfelder, pp. 112–114.
  3. ^ Bergfelder, p. 114.
  4. ^ Bergfelder, p. 112.


  • 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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