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Der Himmel auf Erden
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Local representative Traugott Bellmann is a vocal critic of society’s moral decline in general and the notorious nightclub “Heaven on Earth” in particular. Just his luck that he inherits the place – along with half a million marks – and furthermore, on the day, of all days, that he is appointed president of the Moral Decency League! And just his luck that the terms of the inheritance from his deceased brother stipulate that Bellmann has to spend every night from ten to three in the morning in his newly-acquired “den of iniquity”.
Adding to the just his luck scenario is the fact that it all happens on Bellmann’s wedding day, with the daughter of a respectably champagne bottler waiting for her bridegroom in the bedroom ... Shimmy, jazz, and Ziegfeld-style girl revues. With risqué innuendo and effervescent humour, the film turns elements of urbane entertainment into an attack on the 1926 obscenity law. At the same time, it celebrates cinema as a circus medium by elevating small artistes to large presences. Doors slam in the style of Ernst Lubitsch, while star Reinhold Schünzel, who would later direct Viktor and Viktoria, gives us a chic female impersonator as a jazz age gender bend.
BIOGRAFIE Reinhold Schünzel
Born November 7, 1886 in Hamburg, Germany, Reinhold Schünzel appeared first on screen in 1916. Soon after, he diversified into directing. He made his mark with epic historical dramas like Katharina die Große (1920) which were popular enough to allow him to set up his own production company. Signed by MGM after his move to Hollywood, he directed three films among which stand out the glossy operetta Balalaika (1939).Sometime after 1949, he returned to Germany but found work opportunities scarce. Schünzel died in November 1954 of a heart ailment following a visit to the cinema.
FILMOGRAFIE Reinhold Schünzel (selection)
1951 Die Dubarry 1941 New Wine 1939 The Ice Follies of 1939 1939 Balalaika 1937 Land der Liebe 1936 Donogoo Tonka 1934 Georges et Georgette 1934 La jeune fille d'une nuit 1933 Viktor and Viktoria 1932 Le petit écart 1931 Ronny 1927 Der Himmel auf Erden 1925 Die Frau für 24 Stunden 1923 Der Pantoffelheld 1920 Maria Magdalene 1919 Anders als die Anderen
FILMOGRAFIE Alfred Schirokauer (selection)
1927 Der Himmel auf Erden