The Trip to Marrakesh

The Trip to Marrakesh (German: Die Reise nach Marrakesch) is a 1949 West German drama film directed by Richard Eichberg and starring Luise Ullrich, Maria Holst and Karl Ludwig Diehl.[1] It was Eichberg's last film and his first in a decade, having spend time abroad since his two part Indian-set The Tiger of Eschnapur.

The Trip to Marrakesh
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Theatrical film poster
GermanDie Reise nach Marrakesch
Directed byRichard Eichberg
Written byBenno Vigny (play)
Produced byWilhelm Sperber
Starring
CinematographyJosef Illig
Franz Koch
Edited byAnneliese Schönnenbeck
Music byTheo Mackeben
Production
company
Merkur Film
Distributed byHerzog-Filmverleih
Release date
  • 21 December 1949 (1949-12-21)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryWest Germany
LanguageGerman

ProductionEdit

The film is based on a play Le voyage à Marrakech by the French writer Benno Vigny.

It was made at the Bavaria Studios in Munich, with sets designed by the art directors Willi Herrmann and Heinrich Weidemann. Eichberg led a filming expedition to Morocco for location shooting. The final budget amounted to around one and half million deutschmarks.

ReleaseEdit

It premiered in Munich on 21 December 1949, aiming for the lucrative Christmas-time release market. The film was received with general hostility from critics.

ThemesEdit

While the film was in the same tradition as Eichberg's earlier films, with their exotic settings, it has drawn more notice for its underlying lesbian theme, which culminates in one female character shooting another dead.[2]

Main castEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Noack, Frank (2016). Veit Harlan: The Life and Work of a Nazi Filmmaker. Screen Classics. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. p. 329. doi:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167008.001.0001. ISBN 978-0813167008. JSTOR j.ctt19wccz5.
  2. ^ Noack, Frank. Veit Harlan: The Life and Work of a Nazi Filmmaker. University Press of Kentucky, 2016. p. 239.

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