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Marika (1950)

Kind der Donau (original title)
Approved | | Musical | 17 February 1953 (USA)
Three itinerant writers stage an open-air theatre production with Marika (Marika Rokk) as the star. A fire burns their theatre and all is seeminly lost, but one of the group writes a ... See full summary »

Director:

Georg Jacoby
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marika Rökk ... Marika
Fred Liewehr Fred Liewehr ... Georg
Harry Fuß Harry Fuß ... Heinrich
Fritz Muliar Fritz Muliar ... Oskar
Joseph Egger Joseph Egger ... Christoph
Annie Rosar ... Frau Kovacs
Helli Servi Helli Servi ... Edith
Nadja Tiller
Erika Körner Erika Körner
Rosl Dorena
Lotte Martens Lotte Martens
Mimi Stelzer Mimi Stelzer
Edith Prager Edith Prager
Karl Skraup Karl Skraup
Rudolf Carl
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Three itinerant writers stage an open-air theatre production with Marika (Marika Rokk) as the star. A fire burns their theatre and all is seeminly lost, but one of the group writes a newspaper story and urges the public to contribute to the rebuilding. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

17 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marika See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nova-Film, Wien-Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Naturalcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is Austria's first color feature film. See more »

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The Child of Stalin
21 March 2007 | by mart-45See all my reviews

As a part of the war debt program, this film was channelled straight into the Soviet Union, distributed by SovExpoFilm. This might explain the total lack of glamor. It's all good, clean working class fun without sex, without pretty clothes, without jazz. The motive of simple workers putting up a community theatre (obviously influenced by Summer Stock) is enough to make the story line rather uninteresting. Another strong motive is that of national culture (remember the golden Soviet word of wisdom? "National in shape, Socialist in essence".) You get a lot of national tunes and dances from several (then new) Eastern Block countries, to underline the friendship of nations and diversity of their cultures (but you were never allowed to forget, that Russian culture is superior to that of the smaller nations, and eventually everything will me melted down into one great Soviet nation with Soviet language and culture).

There's a lot of unnecessary energy and gaiety (no pun intended) in this devastatingly optimistic film of how the workers can overcome every obstacle, once they just stand shoulder to shoulder. Gone is the fun, sex appeal and self irony of earlier Marika Rökk / Georg Jacoby pictures. This one is made to please millions of Soviet workers in the Houses of Culture of their villages, krays and oblasts. I haven't seen them all, but this one is probably the most boring of all Marika Rökk films.

On the other hand, the colours are bright and Marika herself, with her flaming golden hair, is beautifully lit and looks gorgeous in her close-ups. When the camera pulls back, you notice that she wears mostly shapeless aprons and skirts or national costume inspired frocks, and that her waistline has swollen to the point of obscenity. Strangely enough, she looks beautifully slim in the films that were released only a year later.

As in many (dare I say most) of her films, she also gets a trouser scene. But voluptuous Marika in drag makes a repulsively pear-shaped boy who couldn't possibly appeal to even a Peeping Tom of the dirtiest category.


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