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THE FERDINAND MARIAN COLLECTION

La Habanera; Romanze in Moll; Tonelli; Morgen werde ich verhaftet; Freunde
$39.99

IF ORDERED IN PLASTIC CASES, THE ENTIRE COLLECTION COMES IN ONE CASE, WHICH HOLDS MULTIPLE DVDs:

 

Discounted collection of five Ferdinand Marian DVDs:

 

LA HABANERA (1937) * with switchable English subs*


Astrée and her aunt from Sweden are vacationing in Puerto Rico.  Astrée is enchanted by the local habanera musicas well as by Don Pedro de Avila, a rich and powerful landowner.  Upon embarkation, she spontaneously decides to stay; she runs down the gangway, finds him waiting for her, and soon is married. Ten years later - it is now 1937 - Astrée finds herself trapped in an unhappy marriage.  Her paradise has turned to hell; only her son, Juan, is the reason for her to stay.  Meanwhile in Stockholm, Dr. Sven Nagel, a former lover of Astrée, and his associate, Dr. Gomez, bid farewell.  They are departing for Puerto Rico to investigate the mysterious and deadly Puerto Rico fever.  On the island, their arrival is met with dismay by Don Pedro and his business associates as they fear the focus on the Puerto Rico fever will depress their business; so they plan to deny its existence.  An earlier attempt by researchers from the Rockefeller Institute to find a cure had been a failure, and the resulting publicity had depressed the local economy and rsulted in widespread famine.  Once in Puerto Rico, the two investigators receiving no local support proceed to conduct their studies on their own in the hotel room.  Meanwhile, Astrée has a fall-out with her husband about their son.  He wants him to learn about bull-fighting, while she has been teaching him about snow and Sweden.  Thus Don Pedro decides to take the education of Juan out of her hands.  Astrée in response books a passage to leave Puerto Rico with her son to return to Sweden. Meanwhile the Puerto Rico fever is starting to claim its first victims, and Drs. Nagel and Gomez search for a cure secretly.  Don Pedro learns about Astree’s plans and suspects that Dr. Nagel is involved.  He invites him for a soiree to have an opportunity to have his hotel room searched and gain evidence against him for his arrest and deportation.  Thus at the soiree Dr. Nagel and Astrée meet and fall in love again.  Astrée sings La Habanera presumably for her husband, but the song declares her love for the doctor. 


APPROX. 93 MINS.    VERY GOOD QUALITY.  REGION FREE.

DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

 

ROMANZE IN MOLL (1943) *with switchable English subs*

Though uncredited, the Maupassant story, Les Bijoux, was the inspiration for this poignant drama, A Romance in Minor Key.   In late 19th century France, the wife of a bookkeeper is is blackmailed by her husband's boss after he discovers she is also the mistress of a famous composer.  This beautifully made film has a sensitive delicacy that is unusual for Third Reich cinema.  The cast – directed by the brilliant Helmut Käutner – is outstanding.  Although Goebbles didn't like this film very much, Käutner went on and made to other brilliant melodramas before the end of the war.  Ferdinand Marion, best known for another film we sell, Jud Suss, is, as usual, brilliant.

DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

94 minutes long.  REGION FREE  (will play in any DVD player)

FILM QUALITY: Overall, very good, but there are some minor "moments", which do little to affect the quality.  The sound is a little tinny, but not obnoxiously so.
 
 
 
 

TONELLI (1943)

A famous tightrope walker is suspected of having caused the fatal crash of his partner due to jealousy.  After fleeing with his son to a traveling circus, he then ends up under suspicion of killings his wife, too.

Ein berühmter Drahtseilartist wird verdächtigt, aus Eifersucht den tödlichen Absturz seines Partners verursacht zu haben. Nach der Flucht mit seinem Sohn zu einem Wanderzirkus gerät er außerdem in den Verdacht, der Mörder seiner Ehefrau zu sein. 

THERE IS A NEWSREEL PREVIEW BEFORE THE FILM, JUST AS GERMAN AUDIENCES MIGHT HAVE SEEN WHEN THE MOVIE WAS FIRST SHOWN (except this newsreel may not be contemporary to when the film was released).

DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH NO SUBTITLES (except for the Newsreel). APPROX. 110 MINS. COMBINED TOTAL. VERY GOOD FILM QUALITY OVERALL.  SOME EDGE SOFTNESS

 

 

MORGEN WERDE ICH VERHAFTET (1939)

The singer Giannina Belloni is found shot.  Since she was seen meeting with the concert master Friedrich Burger shortly before her death, both he and his wife are under suspicion.  Burger flees and leaves his wife with their child.  Belloni's murder remains unsolved.  Ten years later:  Maria Burger has been living with her daughter Eva, who is now 18 years old and has been trained as a pianist by the conductor Mobius.  Mobius courts her mother and wants to marry her.  But Maria pushes away his advances, mainly because she's still waiting for her husband to return.  One day, Juan Perez arrives in Berlin with his famous tango-orchestra and shows an obvious interest in the Burger family.  The reason soon becomes clear:  Perez is Friedrich Burger!

Die Sängerin Giannina Belloni wird erschossen aufgefunden. Da sie sich kurz vorher mit dem Konzertmeister Friedrich Burger getroffen hatte, werden dieser, aber auch seine Frau schwer belastet. Burger lässt sie samt dem Kind zurück und flüchtet, der Mord an der Belloni bleibt ungeklärt.  Zehn Jahre später. Maria Burger hat zurückgezogen mit ihrer Tochter Eva gelebt, die jetzt 18 Jahre alt ist und von Kapellmeister Möbius zur Pianistin ausgebildet wird. Möbius umwirbt die Mutter und möchte sie gerne heiraten. Aber Maria lehnt seine Anträge ab, weil sie immer noch auf ihren Mann wartet. Da kommt Juan Perez mit seinem berühmten Tango-Orchester nach Berlin und zeigt ein auffallendes Interesse an der Familie Burger. Rasch stellt sich heraus: Perez ist Friedrich Burger!

THERE IS A NEWSREEL ALONG WITH THE FILM, JUST AS GERMAN AUDIENCES MIGHT HAVE SEEN WHEN THE MOVIE WAS FIRST SHOWN (except this newsreel may not be contemporary to when the film was released).

DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH NO SUBTITLES (except for the Newsreel).

QUALITY (of feature film only): 

 

·        Sharpness of picture?  - some softness and pixellization, but overall, very good picture quality

 

 

LENGTH OF FEATURE FILM:  81 mins

LENGTH OF NEWSREEL:  15 mins

 

FREUNDE (1945)

DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH NO SUBTITLES (except for the Newsreel).

QUALITY (of feature film only): 

 

·        Sharpness of picture?  -  very good picture quality with some softness

 

 

 

LENGTH OF FEATURE FILM:  85 mins

LENGTH OF NEWSREEL:  11 mins

 

TOTAL DURATION:  489 MINUTES  (approximately 8 hours)