We Make Music

We Make Music (German: Wir machen Musik) is a 1942 German musical comedy film directed by Helmut Käutner, starring Ilse Werner, Viktor de Kowa and Edith Oß.[1]

We Make Music
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Wir machen Musik (We make music); Header of the movie from 1942
Directed byHelmut Käutner
Written by
Music by
CinematographyJan Roth
Edited byHelmuth Schönnenbeck
Distributed byDeutsche Filmvertriebs
Release date
8 October 1942
Running time
95 minutes


It is a revue film, loosely based on the stage work Karl III. und Anna von Österreich by Manfried Rössner. Karl Zimmermann, a composer whose idols are Johann Sebastian Bach and classical composers, dreams of being successful with his own opera and composes popular music for fun, but does not try to distribute it for reasons of honor. His wife, Anni Pichler is a popular singer and secretly sells his popular songs so that they can make a living. When he finally completes his opera and it is rejected by the public, he realizes that his true talent is composing popular music and not dishonorable.



  1. ^ Hake p. 58


  • Hake, Sabine. Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. University of Texas Press, 2001.

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