The Journey to Tilsit
|The Journey to Tilsit|
|Directed by||Veit Harlan|
|Produced by||Helmut Eweler |
|Written by||Hermann Sudermann (novella) |
|Starring||Kristina Söderbaum |
|Music by||Hans-Otto Borgmann|
|Edited by||Marianne Behr|
|Distributed by||Tobis Film|
|2 November 1939|
|Budget||1,012,000 ℛℳ (equivalent to €3,815,156 in 2009)|
|Box office||2,537,000 ℛℳ (equivalent to €9,424,794 in 2009)|
Elske faithfully loves her husband Endrik as he is seduced by a foreign schemer, Madlyn. Madlyn persuades him to murder Elske and run off with her. He lures Elske into the boat as a prelude to drowning her, but is unable to carry it out. When they reach the shore, she flees to the city, and he follows to plead for forgiveness. They return, and a storm blows up while they are in the boat. Endrik gets ashore, but believes Elske to have drowned. He reacts with anger to Madlyn, but learns that Elske did survive.
- Kristina Söderbaum as Elske Settegast
- Philip Dorn as Endrik Settegast
- Anna Dammann as Madlyn Sapierska
- Albert Florath as Lehrer
- Ernst Legal as Herr Wittkuhn
- Manny Ziener as Frau Papendieck
- Charlotte Schultz as Frau Wittkuhn
- Eduard von Winterstein as Erwin Bohrmann
- Clemens Hasse as Junger Mann aus der Straßenbahn
- Jakob Tiedtke as Gastwirt
- Paul Westermeier as Ausrufer
- Wolfgang Kieling as Klein Franz
- Joachim Pfaff as Klein Jons
- Heinz Dugall as Klein Wittkuhn
- Babsi Schultz-Reckewell as Mariechen
- Lotte Spira as Frau im Café
- Eduard Wenck as Dorfbewohner
- Alfred Karen as Besitzer des Pelzgeschäfts
- Heinz Müller as Dicker Mann auf dem Jahrmarkt
- Ferdinand Robert as Gast im Cafe in Tilsit
- Betty Waid as Alte Frau aus dem Dorf
- Max Wilmsen as Begleiter, der Frau im Cafe
- Bruno Ziener as Ober im Cafe
Elske, as is typical for Kristina Söderbaum's roles, is a model of patient, virtuous and old-fashioned wifehood and of pure and healthy Aryan stock, stemming from her country living, whereas her rival is Polish, promiscuous, and city-dwelling, an obvious product of "asphalt culture". Her victory reflected a need to avoid temptation to adultery, when many families were separated.
The film is a sound remake of the silent film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, which was based on Hermann Sudermann's short story "The Excursion to Tilsit", from the collection with the same title. Harlan maintained it was a true film, whereas Sunrise was only a poem, and it did avoid the symbols and soft focus of that film for more realism. It was shot at the Johannisthal Studios in Berlin and on location in Memel, where the action takes place. It included almost all the changes that Sunrise made to the original story, including the change to the ending.
Magda Goebbels ostentatiously left the premiere, owing to the accidental resemblance between it and her own situation, where Joseph Goebbels carried on with the Czech actress Lída Baarová. (It was similarly resolved, with the actress being sent back to Czechoslovakia, and Hitler himself informing Goebbels that there would be no divorce.)
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