The Comedians (1941 film)

The Comedians (German: Komödianten) is a 1941 German historical drama film directed by G. W. Pabst and starring Käthe Dorsch, Hilde Krahl and Henny Porten.[1] It is based on the novel Philine by Olly Boeheim.[2] The film is set in the eighteenth century, and portrays the development of German theatre.[3] The film was shot at the Bavaria Studios in Munich with sets designed by the art director Julius von Borsody.

The Comedians
Directed byG. W. Pabst
Written by
Produced byHans Schweikart
CinematographyBruno Stephan
Edited byLudolf Grisebach
Music byLothar Brühne
Distributed byBavaria Film
Release date
  • 5 September 1941 (1941-09-05)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryNazi Germany


Karoline Neuber attempts to improve the lot of actors, who are looked down upon as vagabonds. When the Duchess refuses to let her son marry an actress, she defends them with such vehemence that she is driven from the country and finally dies in solitude.



  1. ^ "NY Times: The Comedians". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2009.
  2. ^ Romani, Cinzia (1992). Tainted Goddesses: Female Film Stars of the Third Reich. Perseus Books Group. p. 36. ISBN 1873376375.
  3. ^ Kreimeier, Klaus (1999). The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945. Translated by Kimber, Robert; Kimber, Rita. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. p. 326. ISBN 0520220692.

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