The Swedish Nightingale (film)

The Swedish Nightingale (German: Die schwedische Nachtigall) is a 1941 German musical film directed by Peter Paul Brauer and starring Ilse Werner (singing sequences with Erna Berger's voice), Karl Ludwig Diehl and Joachim Gottschalk.[1] The film is based on a play by Friedrich Forster-Burggraf set in nineteenth century Copenhagen. It portrays a romance between the writer Hans Christian Andersen and the opera singer Jenny Lind the "Swedish Nightingale" of the title.

The Swedish Nightingale
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Directed byPeter Paul Brauer
Produced byErnst Günter Techow
Written by
Music byFranz Grothe
CinematographyEwald Daub
Edited byAlice Ludwig
Distributed byTerra Film
Release date
  • 9 April 1941 (1941-04-09)
Running time
97 minutes

It was shot at the Terra Studios in Berlin. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Robert Herlth and Heinrich Weidemann. Made on a budget of around one and half million Reichsmarks, it was a major commercial success on its release across Europe.

At the time when the film was made, Germany was keeping Denmark under military occupation but attempting a relatively conciliatory attitude towards the occupied Danes. Germany was also making an effort to keep good relations with the neutral Sweden. The theme of the film – made at a time when Joseph Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry kept tight control of the German film industry – obviously fit well with these policy aims.



  1. ^ Hake p. 215


  • Hake, Sabine (2001). Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-73458-6.

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